In an accident that was eerily similar to the events of 9/11, a helicopter crashed in a high rise structure in New York killing the pilot.
The helicopter which took off from Linden, New Jersey was been driven by Tim McCormack. According to reports, the pilot is quite experienced and a well-respected individual in the aircraft community.
Unlike the events of 9/11, no foul play has been suspected in the accident. It is believed that the crash may have been caused by a mechanical issues and that the pilot was trying to land the aircraft on the helipad of the said building before it crashed into it.
The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo was on the scene (AXA equitable Center on Seventh Avenue) shortly after the crash and he had this to say:
“There was a helicopter that made a forced landing, emergency landing, or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another.
“There was a fire that happened when the helicopter hit the roof. … The fire department believes the fire is under control. There may be casualties involved with people who were in the helicopter.”
The Governor also used to opportunity to quell any speculations that the incident may have been terror related.
“If you’re a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD from 9/11 … so as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes. But there’s no indication that that is the case,” Cuomo said.
In an amateur video that has since been posted on social media, the helicopter can be seen flying erratically before it finally crashed into the building.
Officials have confirmed that the pilot of the helicopter was the only casualty of the accident and there were no other recorded injuries.
According to a man who worked on the 38th floor, “The building shook. It sounded like a small engine plane at first then I just felt the building shake,” he recounted to CBS New York
When the incident occurred, all the people who worked in the building were quickly evacuated. In addition, 7th Avenue was closed to traffic and the NYPD advised people to avoid the area.