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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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.

Author — bob robertson

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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.

Author — Patricia Dileonardo

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

Author — Joe Partipilo

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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

Author — Marie Ramby

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.. 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?

Author — Final Fandy

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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_

Author — Farquaad Castle

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The pilot more than likely had a heart attack😱🙏

Author — Terrisa Munoz

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

Author — zincink

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

Author — Brian Weir

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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....

Author — bob robertson

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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.

Author — richey red

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

Author — Vu Vo

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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."

Author — David Saber

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

Author — Chriszlaststand

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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.

Author — Fuseauhoraire

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

Author — ImpaledBerry

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I don't think we need to hear about his body damage jeez

Author — Becca g

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The building didn’t collapse...surprisingly

Author — Curi0u50ne

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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

Author — Sharon

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

Author — Mamoo