Helicopter crash-lands on roof of Manhattan building, pilot killed

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2019

The New York Police Department reported, on Twitter, that the helicopter has suffered a "hard landing", meaning that McCormack has tactically landed on the roof of 787 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, minimizing the potential for loss of life.

The crash landing occurred amid rain and fog throughout Manhattan. "There had been no other accidents that everyone knows of as we speak", he talked about, adding that it can were "grand worse".

Michaela Dudley, of Hoboken, New Jersey, was working in the building that the helicopter crashed into. and described feeling "a small tremor". He took off just 11 minutes before he crashed.

The city's top police officer said the aircraft's reason for flying in such poor weather would be "part of the investigation".

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the aircraft was an Agusta A109E, a twin-engine, lightweight helicopter.

"It did not look like a helicopter that was crashing or losing altitude or anything like that", he said.

Tim McCormack served as chief of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the office building close to Times Square shook from the impact. McCormack was certified to fly helicopters and single-engine airplanes in 2004, the AP said.

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A NY congresswoman on Monday night called on the Federal Aviation Administration to ban "non-essential" helicopter flights over Manhattan following a crash in the city. The helicopter crashed into a building on 7th Avenue in NY, killing the pilot on the spot.

Pedro Rodriguez, a pastry line cook at Le Bernardin, a well-known restaurant in the AXA Equitable building, said workers got an announcement telling everyone to exit, and he later heard from people around him that there was a fire on the roof.

The person killed was presumed to be the pilot, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference.

At first, Waterloo native Lauren Dalton says she thought it might have been an natural disaster.

The crash, which sent people streaming out of the building within seconds, reminded him of Sept 11, Estevez said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

- On Aug. 8, 2009, nine people died when a helicopter and a small plane collided in mid-air and both aircraft fell into the Hudson River next to Manhattan.

According to the New York Times, those flights numbered more than 59,000 in 2015, all of them departing from Pier 6 near the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan, the only heliport providing the tours.

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