Family says deceased pilot a hero

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NEW YORK CITY– The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA continue to search for answers after a deadly chopper crash in New York City Monday. And now we are hearing from the family of the pilot who say he died a hero.

A building in the middle of Manhattan is locked down. Only essential personnel allowed inside as investigators work through debris on the roof of the 54-story skyscraper.

Less than 24 hours after a fatal helicopter crash, “The wreckage is confined to the rooftop. It is highly fragmented and a post-crash fire consumed much of the wreckage,” NTSB Air Safety Investigator Doug Brazy said.

A senior law enforcement official tells NBC News they believe this video shows the helicopter flying erratically moments before impact, but that information still needs to be confirmed by the FAA.

As the chopper slammed onto the building, it rattled those working inside. Hundreds rushed to get out. Fear for many sparked by memories of 9/11.

“As soon as you hear aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Federal agents have ruled-out terror as a motive. The family of pilot Timothy McCormack says instead, he died saving others in the crowded downtown area with his brother writing: “… by putting the helicopter on the roof of a building, which took great skill, and in my opinion he saved many lives by doing such. It is a true act of heroism.”

McCormack was the only person on the chopper at the time of the crash.


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