A helicopter crashed on the roof of a Midtown Manhattan construction in a difficult landing on Monday, filling the atmosphere with smoke and clogging up the town roads with fire trucks, in accordance with fire and police officials. The pilot, Tim McCormack, was not the sole person aboard the independently possessed Agusta A109E helicopter, said police and fire officials.
No one else was injured from the wreck, that took place in the center of New York City, just blocks from Times Square, in accordance with city officials.
The wreck -- that took place briefly before 1:45 pm -- arrived on a rainy New York afternoon. Both Newark and LaGuardia Airports have been in a ground stop due to prominence and thunderstorms, as stated by the FAA.
"That could have been a much worse incident," the mayor told reporters. "Thank God no other people were injured.
It's really a busy part of Midtown Manhattan, just below Central Park South, full of business towers.
Shauna Farrell said she had been at a meeting on the 36th floor of this building"when a window fell through and we discovered a loud whizzing noise of a engine "
Then she said she sensed the hard landing, prompting others and herself on the floor to escape this building. Steven Gartner was to the 42nd floor of this building when he heard"a buzz and a bang and then your whole building shook."
His coworkers"were anxious," he told reporter, but all managed to evacuate during the stairwell without panicking.
Though the crash appeared to be accidental, ny Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters,"In case you're a New Yorker, you have an even of PTSD from 9/11... So the moment you hear that an aircraft hit on a building, I think my mind moves where every New Yorker's mind belongs.
The tricky landing occurred inside a place of Manhattan with flight restrictions that require aircraft to gain permission from air traffic controller to input. Many flights originating from the 34th Street heliport do get such permission, but FAA officials told ABC News that air traffic control failed to handle this specific flight.
Cuomo said investigators were looking at the chopper -- registered into N200BK INC at New York -- was flying at the restricted airspace of course, if it had permission to do so.
The president is tracking the circumstance, in accordance with a White House official.
"Phenomenal project by our GREAT First Responders who are currently on the scene," President donald-trump tweeted. "thanks for all you do 24/7/365! The Trump Administration stands ready should you require anything in any respect."
The AXA Equitable Building was developed in 1985 and contains 51 stories, based on commercial property website Compstak. It's dwelling to asset management firms, attorneys, a Citi Bank and also a software firm, in accordance with the website.
The pilot, McCormack, seems to be exactly the same one included at a 2014 emergency landing in New York City after an apparent bird strike. There's just 1 Timothy (or Tim) McCormack using an FAA license to fly , according to the FAA's airmen database.
American Continental Properties Inc, the company the helicopter is registered into, and given their condolences in a statement.
"We are aware that the loss of Tim McCormack who has flown for the past five decades.