TEMPE, Ariz. — While reliever
The Burnetts' neighbor across the street, Leonard McGarity, a former Marine helicopter pilot and commercial pilot for
Burnett’s home is in a private aviation community that has its own runway, and
"I knew him pretty well," Burnett said of McGarity. "I'd see him walking the dog a few times a day, say hello when he was getting his mail. I'm sad for his family. He was one of the most experienced pilots in the neighborhood."
Saltalamacchia told the Sun-Sentinel that he returned home Monday shortly after the 1 p.m. EST crash to the jarring sight of emergency personnel covering McGarity's body. He texted a picture of the crash site to Burnett.
"It's a risk you take, I guess," Burnett said. "It's a really cool neighborhood with interesting, friendly people and retired pilots who have a passion for flying. It was a beautiful day [Monday], so everyone was out flying."