Midtown helicopter crash

Handout / Handout

NTSB: Helicopter Pilot In Midtown Crash Was Lost In Clouds

June 25, 2019 - 4:49 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The pilot who was killed when his helicopter crash landed onto the top of a New York City high-rise was lost and flying in and out of clouds immediately before the accident, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tim McCormack was killed on June 10 after executing a hard landing on top of a Midtown building in the afternoon. The crash sparked a massive fire and prompted a large emergency response.

Videos from witnesses showed Augusta A109E helicopter – a popular corporate aircraft – flying erratically moments before the crash.

According to the report, McCormack did not have an instrument rating and did not report anything wrong with the aircraft.

Before the crash, McCormack reportedly told staff at the 34th Street heliport that he only had a 20-minute window to “make it out,” due to poor weather conditions.

During the flight, the 58-year-old pilot asked to return to the heliport because he was lost. According to the report, he changed course and altitude several times before force landing on the Manhattan high-rise.

McCormack was not in contact with air traffic control, nor was he required to be for his flight plan, according to the NTSB.

He was the only one on board. No one else was injured.