The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report from its investigation of the plane crash that killed former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay.

It confirms a witness report that the plane quickly climbed between 300 and 500 feet before taking a nosedive into the water.

The report also confirms that Halladay did not file a flight plan and that he took off from a lake near his home in Odessa.

The plane crashed Nov. 7 in the Gulf of Mexico, north of Bailey's Bluff in Holiday.

Halladay had just 14 hours of experience in the ICON A-5, single-engine plane leading up to the crash.

Halladay, 40, won 203 games in his 16-year career, losing 105, and he won the Cy Young Award in 2003 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He also pitched four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.

He retired after the 2013 season.

The NTSB's full report isn't expected for months.