NYC helicopter crash occurred in restricted zone

Lester Mason
June 13, 2019

The FDNY said that one fatality has been reported, and a fire caused by the crash has been extinguished.

The New York City Fire Department said it was responding to a helicopter crash landing on 7th Avenue in Manhattan on June 10.

The crash occurred at a building not far from Times Square and Rockefeller Center. "We don't know what caused the helicopter to land on top of the building but the people in the building itself, nobody has been hurt".

"The helicopter is pretty obliterated at this point. It was obviously a very hard hit", de Blasio said during the briefing. It was not clear if the weather was a contributing factor.

Nicolas Estevez told Reuters news agency he had been standing across the street when a 12-inch chunk of metal that may have come off the helicopter landed on the pavement just feet away.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that the pilot, identified as Tim McCormack, was the only person aboard the twin-engine Agusta A109E helicopter.

The skyscraper is about 230 meters tall and located in strictly regulated airspace near Trump Tower, where President Donald Trump has a residence. The area has been under a temporary flight restriction since his election in November 2016.

"One person died in this helicopter crash, that person is presumed to be the pilot".

"There was a helicopter that made a forced landing, emergency landing, or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another", he told reporters at the scene. "It sounded like a small engine plane at first then I just felt the building shake", he said. "You felt it through the whole building".

"If you're a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11", said Cuomo, a Democrat.

The AXA Equitable Center was built in 1985 and includes more than 50 floors.

American Continental Properties, the company that owns the helicopter that crashed in New York City, said McCormack flew for them for the past five years.

The skyscraper is managed by Los Angeles-based CommonWealth Partners. CommonWealth office manager LeAnn Holsapple said the company had "no comment at this time".

The city now allows helicopters to take off and land from three heliports, one each on the East and West sides and in downtown Manhattan.

In 2016, bowing to complaints about noise and air pollution, the city reached a deal with Manhattan's helicopter sightseeing tour operators to cut the number of their flights by half.

Dalton is a corporate lawyer working in New York City.

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.

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