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NTSB investigators pore over Midtown NYC helicopter crash site as relatives of pilot grieve


A helicopter flown by Timothy McCormack crash landed on the roof of a Midtown Manhattan building Monday. (FDNY)

Federal investigators pored Tuesday morning over the site of the helicopter crash that left the pilot dead in Midtown.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board visited the Seventh Ave. skyscraper where a helicopter crashed Monday, killing veteran pilot Tim McCormack.

McCormack had just dropped off passengers at the E. 34th St. heliport and was returning to Linden, N.J., when his Agusta A109E appeared to have mechanical difficulty. He tried to land the aircraft on the roof of 787 Seventh Ave. 11 minutes after leaving the heliport.

A helicopter flown by Timothy McCormack crashed on the roof of a Midtown Manhattan building on Monday.
A helicopter flown by Timothy McCormack crashed on the roof of a Midtown Manhattan building on Monday.

Mayor de Blasio said the eight-passenger helicopter was “obliterated.” McCormack’s brother Michael told the Daily News he believes Tim saved lives by landing it on the roof.

“He perished in his endeavors. He had to know what he was doing. My brother was a hero,” Michael McCormack said Monday night.

Some debris fell into a courtyard but nobody else was hurt.

Investigators are looking into why McCormack chose the route he did in poor weather, given that the air over Midtown is restricted in part because of Trump Tower.

Tim McCormack’s girlfriend Dawn Curry Costello and his mother declined comment to a reporter with The News.

"He was [a hero],” his mother said through tears.

Neighbors of McCormack in upstate Clinton Corners said he was a thoughtful and generous man.

“A quiet guy, kept to himself," said Charles Lauria, 72. “But if you were in need, he was there to help anybody.”

Neighbors said McCromack grew up in the Clinton Corners house he shared with his parents. He had no children and was divorced.

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“Nice guy, good smile, would do anything for anybody. We’ve known him for 50 years," said Lauria’s wife Mary. "It’s been a rough day.”

“He loved to fly" she added. "I always thought he was a great pilot. He always talked about his trips.”

McCormack also worked as a local volunteer firefighter.

“He collected fire memorabilia like his dad did,” Mary said. "He was always telling us about the sky. My son-in-law went up with him once. I think he knew what he was doing, I really do. It’s just a very sad thing.”