NYC Fire Department: Helicopter pilot has died

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There was no helicopter-landing pad on the roof, according to Mayor Bill de Blaiso.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration's airmen records, his full name is Timothy Jude McCormack and he is from Clinton Corners, New York. He was a former volunteer fire chief for the East Clinton Fire Department, the AP said. ABC News has identified the pilot, although NYPD commissioner James O'Neill said that he is "preliminarily identified, but it's not confirmed yet".

Representatives at Linden Airport could not be immediately reached by phone.

He suspects that a mechanical problem or the weather "overwhelmed him and the helicopter", Dudley said.

Andrew Cuomo talked about it became a "a compelled landing, emergency landing...."

McCormack said at the time that it was "pretty much like an explosion going off in your cockpit".

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Multiple news outlets in NY are reporting that a helicopter has crashed into the building at 787 Seventh about 2:15 p.m. local time. After making it down 10 flights of stairs, he found that the staircase was filled with other evacuees as people had crowded the building's lobby and were not dispersing.

"It's scary when something like this happens", he said.

Video from the scene showed dozens of emergency vehicles with lights flashing.

"At the same time as you are a Recent Yorker, you have a stage of PTSD, perfect, from 9/11".

Said Cuomo: "The preliminary information is that there was a helicopter that made a forced landing, an emergency landing or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another".

"I was just doing what I was supposed to do and I felt the building shake".

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A block south, lawyer Lance Koonce heard a loud sound he thought could be a low-flying helicopter. He saw a sheet of flame and smoke when he looked out the window.

"Do I want to be coming down a staircase if there is something bad that's happening?" The crash occurred less than a half-mile from Trump Tower.

President Donald Trump said he had been informed about the accident, later telling reporters "It's a big tragedy. a very sad event".

- On Aug. 8, 2009, nine people died when a helicopter and a small plane collided in mid-air and both aircraft fell into the Hudson River next to Manhattan. People were urged to avoid the area. All of the facilities border rivers.

A helicopter crash Monday in Manhattan highlighted the hazards of letting helicopters fly over the densely populated area and renewed calls for more restrictions on those flights. There may have been casualties involved in people in the helicopter. A fifth person, a pedestrian, was killed by falling debris. It is past time for the FAA to ban unnecessary helicopters from the skies over our densely packed urban city.

He said the cause was unknown but that there was no indication the crash was an "act of terrorism". The pilot escaped largely unscathed.

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