A helicopter crashed into the roof of a Manhattan building Monday afternoon, killing the pilot, in what officials said was an attempt at an emergency landing. Prior to the crash, the weather was rainy and foggy in Manhattan, which could have played a role in the fatal crash.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, wasn't authorized to discuss the radio calls publicly because of the ongoing federal investigation.
NTSB investigators probing the crash are trying to locate any recorded data in the wreckage.
McCormack was 58 and from Clinton Corners, New York, according to local media.
McCormack was not certified to use instruments to help fly through cloudy or bad weather, said the FAA.
Those rules require at least 4.8 kilometers (3 miles) of visibility and that the sky is clear of clouds for daytime flights.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, or why McCormack was flying the Augusta A109E in a driving downpour with a low cloud cover.
The crash, near Times Square and Trump Tower, shook the 750ft Axa Equitable building, sparked a fire, and forced office workers to flee on elevators and down stairs.
On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no indication that the crash was an act of terror.
Debris: Emergency crews survey damage on the rooftop of a building after the helicopter crash in New York City.
Almost five years ago, in October 2014, McCormack was flying a different helicopter over the Hudson River with six tourists on board when a bird struck and broke part of the windshield, according to CNN affiliate WABC.
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Fellow Democrat Rep. Nydia Velazquez said she wants tourist flights grounded. "There may be casualties involved with people who were in the helicopter". Police Commissioner James O'Neill said it may have been returning to its home airport in Linden, New Jersey.
That trip would have taken the helicopter south, over the city's harbour and past the Statue of Liberty.
The helicopter hit the building about 11 minutes after taking off, in an area where flights aren't supposed to take place.
The crash site is less than a half mile (0.8 km) from Trump Tower, where U.S. President Donald Trump maintains an apartment.
Helicopters going in and out of the heliport on East 34th Street are only allowed to fly in the restricted area if they have permission and are in constant communication with air traffic control.
"Those questions are part of our investigation", safety board spokesman Terry Williams said.
"Should the helicopter have been flying?"
"There were no other injuries that we know of at this point in time to anyone in the building or on the ground", he said: adding: "Thank God for that".
"We are mourning the loss of Tim McCormack, who has flown for us for the past five years", a representative for American Continental, who owned the helicopter, told WPIX.
The active volunteer was the only person aboard the aircraft as it crash-landed on the roof of a New York City skyscraper on Monday, June 10.