The pilot killed in a helicopter crash landing on a significant-increase building in midtown Manhattan on Monday need to hardly ever have been in the air, Federal Aviation Administration officers stated on Tuesday.
Timothy McCormack did not have the right license to fly in small-visibility disorders, the FAA explained to NBC and The Hill. The New York City region on Monday was obscured by clouds and rain during the working day, which include at the time of the crash.
While the crash brought on a fireplace atop the AXA Equitable creating, people had been quickly evacuated and no person else was harmed. Unexpected emergency cars rushed to the scene as the information broke and reminiscences of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center flooded the minds of New Yorkers. Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) certain the city that almost nothing like that was happening.
“There is no indicator at this time that this was an act of terror,” de Blasio stated in a information briefing on Monday. “And there is no ongoing danger to New York City.”
It stays unclear what specifically prompted the crash. The Countrywide Transportation Safety Board is at present investigating. But in the wake of the crash, a proposal to ban non-important helicopter flights in New York Town was elevated once more.
“This pilot’s loss of life is one particular too many,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) explained in a assertion on Monday. “We simply cannot rely on excellent fortune to secure men and women on the ground. It is previous time for the FAA to ban pointless helicopters from the skies over our densely-packed urban metropolis. The challenges to New Yorkers are just as well superior.”
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