Helicopter Crash-Lands on Midtown Manhattan High-Rise Roof; 1 Dead | NBC New York


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A helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a 54-story office building in midtown Manhattan Monday, sparking a fire and killing one person, authorities say.

A call about the incident at the AXA Equitable Center on Seventh Avenue and West 51st Street came in shortly before 2 p.m. The NYPD confirmed the hard landing on the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue; it wasn't clear why the chopper would have tried to land there, nor was it immediately clear who owned the chopper.

A senior official told News 4 the pilot, identified by a manager at Linden Municipal Airport as Tim McCormack, had just dropped off a passenger at the East 34th Steet heliport, and may have been making his way back to the chopper's base in Linden, New Jersey, when the crash occurred.

That path would have taken the helicopter up the East River, across Manhattan and then down the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty. Officials are still unsure how the aircraft ended up flying over Midtown, or why it was flying in the poor weather conditions — which could have disoriented McCormack, the senior official said.

The airport manager, Paul Dudley, said that McCormack was highly trained and experienced, with intimate experience with the area. Dudley believes that McCormack chose to go to the roof to spare people on the ground.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill said the chopper was airborne for about 11 minutes before crashing.


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Lol, How many times they gonna refer to 911. Helicopters fly in rain all the time. They have numerous gauges and devices to let the pilot know altitude and location. To imply the pilot got lost is ridiculous.

2 days ago

.. it was the weather .. the helicopter really crashed on top of the building at a high speed and immediately fire broke out, just look at the debris .. at the small pieces of whatever
.. '9/11 inside job'? .. Earth is flat?

3 days ago

I comend this pilot's bravery he lost his life .what else coukd he have done.? Lesson.we don't know why he took this copter out in the rain.but we can learn if the weather is bad abd viability is poor DON'T take it out for no body

4 days ago

Cabt they find a safer way for PEOPLE to get out in a safe abd orderly fashion.have we not I learned anything from 911.condolences to the pilots family .and friends hes a hero.

4 days ago

Wow this is y we have drills the gentelmen said they could not get out in time .and they smelled smoke, and it was 2 congested to get out.ok people win are we going to learn our lession? Panic, and being un orepared will get you killed.911 should have prepared for the next time.

4 days ago

I would say he is a hero. In the air only 11 minutes, he realized he’d crash, so rather than crash in the streets causing numerous casualties he aimed for a roof top to mitigate the damage. RIP

4 days ago

Illuminati

4 days ago

RIP pilot. Respects.
Also, waiting for the building to collapse at free fall speeds!

4 days ago

The pilot more than likely had a heart attack😱🙏

4 days ago

Don't think so

4 days ago

So obvious the pilot had mechanical issues and tried to land. So sad the media has to be so bombastic.

4 days ago

RIP to the pilot who must of tried everything to at least land it on a building inside of crashing in the streets. The building wouldn’t of collapsed anyways. Accidents happen

4 days ago

WAIT WAIT WAIT HOLD UP
how did they ascertain that the pilot had noble intentions? They can't get an ATC check, but the confirmed the helicopter pilot crashed to save people?
Plays Matrix theme

4 days ago

Alright New York stop crashing airborne vehicular objects into your big fat buildings

4 days ago

Terrorist!!?? Lol

5 days ago

I guess that helicopter will not be shaking my entire house anymore... ;^|

5 days ago

*paper plane hits tower*
People : AAA TERRORISM!!

5 days ago

Where are the helicopter parts? I heard people filmed it, from various places. Where are those videos? I heard there was crazy/erratic flight patterns....

5 days ago

Did the building collapse at the speed of free fall, in a cloud of dust ?
No ? So it's not Ben Laden, nor an inside job by the CIA and Mossad to invade foreign countries.
I am happy that this accident does not cause the death of millions of innocent civilians in the Middle East.

5 days ago

Trump will probably blame Iran

5 days ago

Fuseauhoraire that's not the end of this because the authorities have still time to concoct a story as always

5 days ago

Don't know if it's a complicated situation, yet.

5 days ago

No more commercial air planes will hit any building in NYC because there is no more countries to go to in war in the middle east other then Iran, and Syria....

5 days ago

911 inside job,,,,, get over it finally.....

5 days ago

99% of fear from 911 and only a few words of condolences for the pilot and his family, or even defect that could be in other helicopters.

5 days ago

people die every day. 1 life is not a big deal.

4 days ago

It was published that the pilot´s name was Timothy J. McCormick who lived in Clinton Corners, NY. Also, he was a respected Fire Chief with the Clinton Corners (Dutchess County) NY Fire Department. May he Rest In Peace.

5 days ago

Patricia Dileonardo amen praying from Liverpool England

4 days ago

😱😱

5 days ago

The building didn’t collapse...surprisingly

5 days ago

If ya wanna get back over to Jersey ya gotta hang a right at the statue of that broad.

5 days ago

7:11 "Cars are moving. Folks are walking. And things back in mid-town seemingly return back to normal. Like me jaywalking outside of a crosswalk and standing in the middle of the street. Also a person died in a helicopter nearby. So typical day in NYC... NYPD is here now.... oh, I guess I'm getting a ticket for being a dumbass."

5 days ago

Trump did this. IMPEACH!!!

5 days ago

lol

5 days ago

you need to change the title to." a helicopter experienced malfunction and crash landed into midtown Manhattan Highrise . stop making dramatic title

5 days ago

Was it hacked?

5 days ago

Rip

5 days ago