The US Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday 11th June that the pilot of a helicopter which crash-landed on the roof of a skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City in showers and fog was not licensed to fly the aircraft in bad weather, Reuters has reported.
Tim McCormack, the 58-year-old pilot, was the only one aboard the helicopter when he made an emergency landing on the roof of the 50-storey office tower on Monday afternoon 10th June. He landed with enough force to jolt employees of the finance and law firms on the floors below.
The chopper burst into flames, unleashing a plume of smoke from the top of the high-rise that was reminiscent of the September 11, 2001 attacks when two passenger planes were flown by hijackers into the World Trade Center.
McCormack was flying over one of the nation’s densest urban districts through low rain and clouds, although he did not have a license to use the navigation systems onboard that enabled the plane to fly in limited visibility.
Authorities said they believe the helicopter, a privately-owned aircraft used for executive charter flights, came down by accident, though the cause of the crash remained unknown. McCormack died in the incident.
The crash, fire and subsequent evacuation of the building renewed calls for tighter restrictions for New York City's airspace. US Representative Carolyn Maloney, who represents parts of Manhattan, said she wanted all "nonessential" flights banned.