NTSB investigating Manhattan chopper crash that killed pilot

Elias Hubbard
Июня 12, 2019

There were no other injuries or deaths, officials said.

"You could feel the building shake, and you could actually hear the alarms", he said.

"Tim was previously a member of the LaGrange Fire Department". He said the report would not include the cause of the crash.

"If you're a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11", said Cuomo, a Democrat. A bird hitting the aircraft is to blame.

Linden airport director Paul Dudley described McCormack as "a highly seasoned" and "very well regarded" pilot.

Almost five years ago, in October 2014, McCormack was flying a different helicopter over the Hudson River with six tourists on board when a bird struck and broke part of the windshield, according to CNN affiliate WABC.

Tim McCormack, a longtime volunteer firefighter and former fire chief in Dutchess County, was the only victim of the crash on Monday, June 10 after he took off from the 34th Street heliport and crash-landed on top of a 750-foot building in the rain and fog.

Frantic employees squeezed into the stairwell, hurrying down flight after flight, not knowing that a helicopter had just crashed on top of their building, sparking a fire and leaving one person dead. Brazy said he has not seen the video but officials suspect it was the chopper that came down. "So it did appear he was trying to bring it down in a clear area, but there wasn't enough clearance to do so".

Dudley said he believed that McCormack had chose that building as the best possible spot - or the least bad spot - to land the helicopter.

Mist and smoke cover the top of a building near 51st Street and 7th Avenue in NY after a helicopter crash-landed on top of the roof of a building on June 10, 2019.

"He may have intentionally gone for that roof to spare the people on the street", Dudley said. "He knew it was going to be ugly". The building at 787 Seventh Avenue did not a helipad on the roof, authorities said.

The first firefighters were on the scene within five minutes, Thomas Richardson, FDNY chief of fire operations told reporters. "It's a big tragedy". New York Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared to confirm that that helicopter was the same aircraft piloted by McCormack. He added there was no ongoing threat to the city following the "absolutely shocking, stunning incident".

"The helicopter is pretty obliterated at this point", de Blasio told CNN. "And I want to just say, thank God for that".

The pilot then flew around Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan, up the west side of the island and then, somewhere around the streets in the 40s, started to veer toward midtown Manhattan before ultimately crash landing, the law enforcement source said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the investigators were probing the crash.

NY police Commissioner James O'Neill said Monday it took off from a nearby heliport 11 minutes before the crash, which was described as a "hard landing".

Brazy said McCormack did not contact air traffic control with his planned route of flight, and was not required to do so.

"Should the helicopter have been flying?" At the same time, rain, fog and mist were all being reported.

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