Manhattan helicopter crash pilot breached certification: FAA

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio addresses the media after a helicopter crash-landed on top of a high-rise in midtown Manhattan in New York

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio addresses the media after a helicopter crash-landed on top of a high-rise in midtown Manhattan in New York

He told CNN authorities need to find out more about the pilot at the time he made a decision to take off.

McCormack was the only person in the helicopter and was the only one killed in the crash.

McCormick was a former fire chief in NY and had over 10 years of flying experience, according to the AP and a Facebook post by the East Clinton Fire Department, where he volunteered.

"Tim will be exceptionally missed by his department members, not only for his leadership but his wonderful sense of humor", East Clinton Fire Department Chief Don Estes said. The helicopter was a privately-owned aircraft used for executive charter flights.

The helicopter hit the building about 11 minutes after taking off, in an area where flights aren't supposed to take place. Police Commissioner James O'Neill said it may have been returning to its home airport in Linden, New Jersey.

McCormack graduated from Arlington High School in Lagrangeville.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified the chopper as an Agusta A109E and said the crash occurred about 1:45 pm (1745 GMT).

"He may have intentionally gone for that roof to spare the people on the street", Dudley said.

In 2014, McCormack was the pilot of a helicopter that was forced to make an emergency landing at the West 30th Street Heliport. The building at 787 Seventh Avenue did not a helipad on the roof, authorities said. Rescue vehicles swarmed to the scene a few blocks from Rockefeller Center.

The chopper crashed Monday atop the 54-story AXA Equitable Building and caught fire.

"It's scary when something like this happens", he said. Other videos showed people evacuating the area in a hurry. McCormack had also volunteered with the LaGrange Fire Department, according to Estes.

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"There is no danger of any kind to New Yorkers at this point". And I remember that morning all too well. "So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, my mind goes where every New Yorker's mind goes".

"It was a little bit insane, a little bit scary" as workers walked down the stairs, she said. From his 21st-story window, he looked up and saw smoke. "I do not know yet", he said.

Trump tweeted from Washington that he had been briefed on the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board was sending an investigator.

Fellow Democrat Rep. Nydia Velazquez said she wants tourist flights grounded.

Brazy said a preliminary report summarizing the facts of the incident should be complete in two weeks, but it could be 18 to 24 months before the investigation is complete.

That trip would have taken the helicopter south, over the city's harbor and past the Statue of Liberty. All of the facilities border rivers.

"The only indication was a helicopter had to do an emergency or a hard landing, or crashed onto the rooftop of a building, causing a fire, but there's no indication of anything more than that".

Still, the city has seen a string of helicopter accidents since.

Five people died after a helicopter plunged into Manhattan's east river near the upscale Upper East Side neighborhood in March 2018.

Several floors of the building shook. It was not clear which one was piloting the plane.

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