2019 New York City helicopter crash

2019 New York City helicopter crash
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An AgustaWestland AW109E similar to the accident aircraft
Date June 10, 2019 (2019-06-10) (1 year ago)
Summary Helicopter crashed onto roof of a building
Site Axa Equitable Center, 787 Seventh Avenue, New York City
40°45′43″N 73°58′56″W / 40.761882°N 73.982181°W / 40.761882; -73.982181Coordinates: 40°45′43″N 73°58′56″W / 40.761882°N 73.982181°W / 40.761882; -73.982181
Aircraft type AgustaWestland AW109E
Registration N200BK
Flight origin East 34th Street Heliport (6N5)[1]
Destination Linden, New Jersey
Occupants 1
Passengers 0
Crew 1[2]
Fatalities 1
Survivors 0

On June 10, 2019, an Agusta A109E Power crashed onto the Axa Equitable Center on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, New York City, which sparked a fire on the top of the building. The helicopter involved in the accident, N200BK,[3] was destroyed. The only occupant, the pilot, Tim McCormack, died in the crash.[4] The aircraft was privately owned at the time of the crash.[1]

The flight originated from the East 34th Street Heliport (FAA LID: 6N5) at approximately 1:32 PM EDT bound for Linden, New Jersey. At around 1:43 PM EDT on June 10, 2019, the helicopter, an Agusta A109E Power, registration N200BK, crashed on the roof of the Axa Equitable Center,[5] sparking a fire on the top of the building. The first emergency call was made at 1:43 PM. The FDNY has considered the accident as a "hard landing." The fire on the top of the highrise was extinguished quickly.

The preliminary NTSB report[6] states that day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed (nearby station reporting 500 ft (150 m) overcast ceiling and 1.25 mi (2.0 km) visibility) for the Part 91 corporate flight, that basic visual flight rules weather minimums for helicopters are 0.5 mi (0.8 km) visibility, and remain clear of clouds, that the pilot radioed that he "did not know where he was", and that tracking data showed that the helicopter "flew erratically" and "changed course and altitude several times". A witness-recorded video of part of the flight is available.[7]

After the accident, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio briefed the press, confirming a lack of further victims or apparent terroristic motive.[8] The National Transportation Safety Board sent agents to investigate the accident.[9] The accident prompted Mayor de Blasio to call for a ban on non-emergency helicopters flying over Manhattan.[10] Former City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe countered that the mayor had the authority to eliminate ninety percent of helicopter traffic by himself by eliminating the more than 200 daily tourist and charter flights from city-owned heliports.[10]

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  1. ^ a b "1 dead in helicopter crash-landing on Manhattan building". ABC7 New York. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Barron, James (June 10, 2019). "Helicopter Crashes on Roof of Manhattan Building, Killing Pilot". The New York Times. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Pope, Stephen. "NTSB Begins Investigation into Cause of New York City Helicopter Crash". Flying. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "One dead in helicopter crash on NYC skyscraper". June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Helicopter crashes into roof of Midtown NYC building, killing one". nydailynews.com. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  6. ^ NTSB (June 10, 2019). "ERA19FA191 - Preliminary Report". Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  7. ^ Slater, Wendy (June 11, 2019). Crazy helicopter on the east river. East River, New York City, New York. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Helicopter crashes into New York City building: Latest updates". www.cnn.com. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  9. ^ DiLorenzo, Anthony (June 11, 2019). "NTSB investigating deadly helicopter crash landing on Manhattan skyscraper". WPIX 11 New York. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Marsh, Julia; Calder, Rich (June 14, 2019). "De Blasio calls for ban on helicopters flying over Manhattan". New York Post. Retrieved June 18, 2019.

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