‘Quite chaotic’: Waterloo woman describes being in Manhattan building hit by helicopter

Cheryl Sanders
June 13, 2019

A Waterloo woman living in New York City described the scene after a helicopter crash-landed on the roof of the Manhattan skyscraper in which she works.

DeBlasio thanked first responders for their "extraordinary effort" to put out the fire quickly.

There had been some apprehensive moments as workers had been evacuated and bumped actual into a traffic congestion on the stairwell, she mentioned.

The incident caused a fire atop the the building at 787 Seventh Ave., and prompted evacuations, the governor said.

The pilot killed in the incident has been named locally as experienced airman Tim McCormack.

McCormack, who had qualified as a Rotorcraft flight instructor a year ago, had been certified, in 2004, to fly helicopters and single-engine airplanes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records.


In addition to BNP Paribas, the AXA Equitable Center, built in 1985 houses offices for corporate tenants such as law firms Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Sidley Austin, and investment manager New Mountain Capital. Cuomo said it shook the building.

The pilot who died after his helicopter crashed into a Manhattan building is being remembered by his former fellow volunteer firefighters. People who were in the building said they felt the building shake. Le Bernardin, one of New York City's most celebrated restaurants, is also located in the AXA building. And I bear in mind that morning all too successfully. "So as far as when you hear an aircraft hit a building, that's where your mind goes". A helicopter crashed on the building's roof on June 10, 2019.

"I didn't see it, but I felt it", said Douglas.

There were no other reports of injuries. "I believe he tried to get on the roof and spare the people on the ground".

Nicolas Estevez told Reuters news agency he had been standing across the street when a 12-inch chunk of metal that may have come off the helicopter landed on the pavement just feet away.

The aircraft took off from a heliport at Manhattan's east side at 1:32pm and crashed 11 minutes later, officials said.


"No signs of any Terrorist backgrounds", said mayor Bill de Blasio at The time of the incident was in the US East coast metropolis of bad weather with rain and fog. "McCormick is an experienced pilot and very well respected in the aircraft community", said Paul Dudley, airport manager in Linden, New Jersey, where the helicopter flew out of.

The New York helicopter crash sparked a fire in the office building.

The building is about half a mile from Trump Tower, and airspace has been under a flight restriction since he became president.

"The helicopter is pretty obliterated at this point".

According to the New York Times, those flights numbered more than 59,000 in 2015, all of them departing from Pier 6 near the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan, the only heliport providing the tours.


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