Helicopter pilot wasn't licensed to fly in bad weather before crash

NYC Helicopter Pilot May Have Maneuvered ‘To Spare the People on the Ground:’ Fellow Pilot

NYC Helicopter Pilot May Have Maneuvered ‘To Spare the People on the Ground:’ Fellow Pilot

Since the 58-year-old veteran pilot, a former volunteer fire chief in northern NY state, did not have an instrument rating, he was not qualified to fly through rain that enveloped Manhattan on Monday, officials said.

The wreckage atop the building is highly fragmented and much was consumed by the post-crash fire, Brazy said. An FAA spokesman told The Hill that Timothy McCormack, the pilot of the helicopter, did not have that rating.

The helicopter's home base was an airport in Linden, New Jersey, where Paul Dudley, the airport manager, identified the pilot as Tim McCormack.

"He was no kid".

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.

He suspects that a mechanical problem or the weather "overwhelmed him and the helicopter", Dudley said.

In this handout photo provided by the New York City Fire Department, firefighters work on the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue at 51st Street after a helicopter crashed there on June 10, 2019 in New York City.

"There were no other injuries that we know of at this point in time to anyone in the building or on the ground", de Blasio said. "So I think in his last moments he did what he could to make the best of it and not make it a bigger tragedy". He was chief of the East Clinton Volunteer Fire Department.

The active volunteer was the only person aboard the aircraft as it crash-landed on the roof of a New York City skyscraper on Monday, June 10.

FDNY Lt. Adrienne Walsh, one of the department's first responders, described the roof scene as "a debris field that was on fire". Tim's technical knowledge and ability to command an emergency were exceptional.

"Chief McCormack was extremely respected by not only the members of the department, but throughout the Dutchess County fire service".

"Rest in Peace, brother", he said.

The pilot who died when he crashed his helicopter atop a Manhattan skyscraper was not licensed to fly the aircraft in bad weather, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday. "We do not have an indication that he checked in with LaGuardia Airport tower, which is the protocol", the mayor said on CNN, reported local paper amNY.

The building where the chopper crashed sits about half a mile from Trump Tower, where President Donald Trump sometimes stays when he's in the city.

Trump tweeted from Washington that he had been briefed on the crash. There will be a report in a little while as to what happened and why it happened.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was among the many New Yorkers who said the incident brought back memories of the September 11 terror attacks at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.

"There is no indication that that is the case", he told reporters when asked.

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