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Source: Helicopter Pilot Was Lost In Final Radio Call

June 12, 2019 - 9:24 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The man at the controls of the helicopter that crashed over 7th Avenue was lost.

A law enforcement source says Timothy McCormack said he had no idea where he was in his final radio call.

After waiting nearly two hours for the weather to break,  McCormack took off in rain and fog racing down the East River toward Linden airport, but within five minutes, he radioed that he didn’t know where he was, said that law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The NTSB is trying to confirm that transmission, says investigator Doug Brazy.

“We’ve heard about this, we haven’t confirmed it yet. We’re hopeful that it did occur and we’re hopeful that it was recorded,” Brazy said.

A bystander shot cell phone video of the helicopter swooping up and down over the East River.

“I haven’t seen that video. I’ve heard about it,” Brazy added, “We believe that to be the helicopter. It’s something that I still have to confirm.”

According to friends and family, McCormack was an experienced pilot who had flown many times in Manhattan but the FAA says he was not licensed to fly by the helicopter’s instruments alone.