Pilot Killed After Helicopter Crash Lands On Top Of Midtown Building

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A helicopter flying through heavy rain in restricted airspace caught fire after crash landing on the roof of a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan, killing the pilot and forcing the evacuation of the 54-story skyscraper on Monday.

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Authorities say a fire broke out after the Augusta A109E helicopter – a popular corporate aircraft – made a hard landing on top of 787 Seventh Avenue near West 51st Street. The helicopter’s home base was an airport in Linden, New Jersey, and the pilot has been identified as Tim McCormack, of Dutchess County.

The 58-year-old, who was the former chief of the East Clinton Fire Department, was issued his commercial license 15 years ago. 

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said they received the first call about the crash at 1:43 p.m. and firefighters responded to the scene in a little over four minutes.

Video posted on Twitter showed smoke billowing from the top of the 54-story building.