The pilot who died in a New York helicopter crash has been named.
Tim McCormack, 58, was flying the aircraft when it slammed into the roof of a 51-storey skyscraper in Manhattan, New York, US, on Monday.
It appears that Tim, a respected firefighter and qualified pilot, was attempting to make an emergency landing on the roof of the 787 Seventh Avenue building.
It is believed he was the only person in the helicopter at the time of the crash.
Tim had been a volunteer firefighter in a town near Poughkeepsie, New York, since 1994 – and even served as fire chief for the local department, reports say.
The Offical East Clinton Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page posted: “Tim was previously a member of the LaGrange Fire Department.
“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 humor (sic). Rest in peace brother.”
Tim received his pilot’s licence in 2004 and passed a medical exam last month, according to New York newspaper the Poughkeepsie Journal .
The aviator was praised by Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro for his ‘selfless service’ as a fireman.
He added that Tim’s father and grandfather were also ‘distinguished’ first responders in Poughkeepsie.
Footage on social media showed Tim’s privately owned helicopter flying erratically before the crash.
The crash landing at the AXA Equitable Center on Seventh Avenue is thought to have happened shortly before 2pm local time.
According to the New York Post, there is no helicopter landing pad on the roof of the building 787 Seventh Avenue.