At least one person is dead after a helicopter crash-landed on top of a building in the heart of New York City, sending smoke streaming from the midtown Manhattan roof, officials said.787 7th ave, #midtown NYC.
City officials believe the pilot was the only person on board at the time.
Mr McCormack - who qualified as a Rotorcraft flight instructor a year ago - had been certified in 2004 to fly helicopters and single-engine airplanes, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records.
The chopper - an Agusta A109E - was cited as being owned by American Continental Properties Inc., sources said.
"We are mourning the loss of Tim McCormack", the statement said.
McCormack was formerly a volunteer fire chief for the East Clinton Fire District.
Witnesses on the ground nearby said the incident was eerily reminiscent of the September 11, 2001 attacks, although there is no indication that terrorism contributed to the crash.
"It did not look like a helicopter that was crashing or losing altitude or anything like that", he said.
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.
- On May 15, 2019, a helicopter crashed into the Hudson River next to New York City shortly after taking off from Manhattan, injuring the pilot and a dockworker.
A 10-year BCP Paribas employee from Hillsdale, New Jersey who works in the AXA Equitable Center building was on the 9th floor when the incident occurred. The building's roof does not feature a helipad.
The rooftop blaze was doused within half an hour, the New York Fire Department (FDNY) said."FDNY members made their way to the roof and we were able to put water on the fire quickly". The fire has since been contained.
The rupture happened atop 787 Seventh Ave., a 54-myth constructing arrangement 51st Avenue, officers mentioned. In 1977, four people waiting on the roof were killed when a helicopter toppled over and a rotor blade broke off and hit them. The mayor said the cause was unknown but that there was no indication that the crash was an "act of terrorism".
"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. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it "could have been a much worse incident". 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.
In 2006, New York Yankees pitcher Corey Lidle's single-engine plane slammed into the 20th floor of a building on Manhattan's Upper East Side, killing Lidle and his flight instructor.