The pilot whose helicopter crashed into a New York skyscraper was a seasoned flier and volunteer firefighter
- The pilot killed in Monday's helicopter crash in New York was an accomplished flyer and volunteer fireman, former colleagues said.
- Tim McCormack, 58, had 15 years flying experience and had worked for American Continental Properties flying the Augusta A109E helicopter since 2014.
- McCormack had also been a volunteer fireman for the East Clinton Volunteer Fire Department since 1994, and was chief for 10 of those years.
- McCormack died on Monday when his helicopter crashed into the roof of the AXA Equitable building at 51st St and 7th Avenue around 13:45 local time. There were no other casualties.
- The McCormack family told ABC News: "Our family lost a great man today when my brother lost his life doing his job."
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The pilot killed when his helicopter crashed into a New York skyscraper on Monday was an experienced flyer and who spent his free time volunteering as a fireman.
Tim McCormack, 58, had 15 years experience flying helicopters and had flown the Augusta A109E helicopter out of Linden Municipal Airport, New Jersey, for its owners American Continental Properties since 2014, the company told ABC 7 on Monday.
McCormack was killed when his helicopter crashed into the roof of the AXA Equitable building at 51st St and 7th Avenue around 13:45 local time. There were no other casualties.
McCormack was certified to fly helicopters in 2004, according to Federal Aviation Administration records seen by ABC 7, and became an approved flight instructor in 2018.
Linden Municipal Airport manager Paul Dudley told the channel: "He was a very competent, well-liked, respected individual who I think did his best in a bad situation and in the last moment may well have moved to spare the people on the ground."
"He was no kid. He was a veteran helicopter pilot in this area. Something had to overwhelm him, mechanical or weather."
"Remember, he didn't crash into it sideways, he came down on top of it, at least that's what we know so far. So I think in his last moments he did what he could to make the best of it and not make it a bigger tragedy."
In October 2014 McCormack made an emergency landing with a helicopter full of hysterical Manhattan sightseers, after a bird smashed through the window of his Bell BHT 407 helicopter.
"It was pretty much like an explosion going off in your cockpit," McCormack told WABC at the time.
McCormack had also volunteered for the East Clinton Volunteer Fire Department since 1994, and was chief for 10 of those years.
In a tribute posted to Facebook on Monday night, the department wrote:
"Tim was a dedicated, highly professional and extremely well trained firefighter. Tim's technical knowledge and ability to command an emergency were exceptional."
"Chief McCormack was extremely respected by not only the members of the department, but throughout the Dutchess County fire service."
"Tim will be exceptionally missed by this department's members, not only for his leadership but for his wonderful sense of humour. Rest in Peace Brother."
According to his Facebook page, McCormack attended Arlington High School in New York.
He also used the page to post photos of his flights.
In a statement to ABC News on Monday, the McCormack family said:
"Our family lost a great man today when my brother lost his life doing his job."
"My brother Tim was a professional helicopter pilot who worked in private transit and was a flight instructor as well."
"He was a caring and compassionate man who put others first over himself. Tim died when in my opinion he put other lives first over his by using his skill as a pilot to emergency land his helicopter on a roof of a building so that it didn't impact anyone else's life except his own.
"My brother was a true hero."
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