Leonard "Link" McGarity, a former helicopter pilot in the Marines and commercial pilot for American Airlines, did not survive.
Saltalamacchia didn’t know McGarity personally, but he remembers shooting video of him taking off from the paved runway shortly after the family moved in last September. Sean Burnett, who pitches for the Angels, lives in the same community across the street from the McGarity home.
“I guess they know him pretty well,” Saltalamacchia said. “[McGarity] was just over at the house a couple of days before saying, ‘Hey, if you need any help, I know Sean is getting ready to leave for spring training.’ It kind of hit them pretty hard.”
Saltalamacchia’s wife, Ashley, was home but did not hear the crash. Their house is on the opposite end of the runway where the plane went down.