Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pilot Killed In NYC Crash Was Respected Ex-Fire Chief From Area

Pilot Killed In NYC Crash Was Respected Ex-Fire Chief From Area

In a tweet, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) said: "FDNY members are operating on scene at 787 7th Avenue in Manhattan, helicopter crash landing".

The helicopter came down on the 54-storey AXA Equitable constructing, located at 51st Aspect street and Seventh Avenue, now not removed from Central Park.

A typical afternoon inside the offices of a Midtown Manhattan skyscraper suddenly turned to chaos Monday when a helicopter, just 11 minutes into its flight, crash-landed on the roof above.

The New York City Fire Department told New York Times more than 100 emergency crews were sent to the scene of the accident shortly after it occurred around 2 p.m. ET.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "at this point, there is no indication" that the incident was a terrorist attack.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was quick to confirm the crash was not an act of terror, and said there were no injuries to anyone in the skyscraper itself or on the ground.

The helicopter was flying in rain and heavy clouds when it hit AXA Equitable building in midtown Manhattan. Interviews made by the New York Police Department also revealed that the pilot was waiting out the weather on the 34th Street heliport but eventually chose to fly.

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The pilot has been named by local media as Tim McCormack.

"If you're a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD from 9/11", he said.

"We are mourning the loss of Tim McCormack who has flown for us for the past five years", said American Continental Properties in a statement to ABC News. "Those who had been in the constructing talked about they felt the constructing shake". He crashed 11 minutes after, at 1:43 pm.

Helicopters are often used for transportation and sight-seeing over Manhattan.

"I started hearing the blare of sirens and knew something bad had happened", the 30-year-old lawyer said. "It felt like you were just standing there, and someone takes their hand and just shoves you", he said. He was a former volunteer fire chief for the East Clinton Fire Department, the AP said. "Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are now on the scene", Trump said on Twitter after being briefed on the crash.

"Rooftops in Unusual York Metropolis maintain all varieties of administration systems, and loads others., on them, and so that they're no longer flat surfaces love they are in Los Angeles, where by law, colossal constructions in Los Angeles wish to maintain a landing pad on them", he mentioned. "Our hearts are with his family and friends".

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.

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