CHOPPER CRASH LANDS ON NYC SKYSCRAPER
The pilot of the helicopter who died when he crash-landed on the roof of a 54-story high-rise in midtown Manhattan Monday, sparking a fire and evacuations in the heart of the city, was a “respected” volunteer fire chief and “beloved” family man, according to relatives and colleagues.
Tim McCormack was identified as the pilot by a manager at Linden Municipal Airport, a senior official told News 4. He had just dropped off a passenger at the East 34th Street heliport and may have been making his way back to the chopper’s base in New Jersey when he crashed onto the AXA Equitable Center on Seventh Avenue and West 51st Street shortly before 2 p.m. Monday.
He was the only person on board — and by many accounts, he died trying to save the lives of others.
McCormack’s brother, Michael, said in a statement: “My brother Tim was a professional pilot with years of experience in private transport as well as being a flight instructor. From my point of view, Tim put other people’s lives first with what happened today by putting the helicopter on the roof of a building, which took great skill, and in my opinion he saved many lives by doing such. It is a true act of heroism.”