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Manhattan crash: Deceased pilot wasn't certified to fly in bad weather

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Tim McCormack, the who died after his crash-landed on the rooftop of a high-rise building in Manhattan was not licensed to be airborne during inclement weather, officials said on Tuesday.

According to the (FAA) regulations, pilots are required to have an instrument rating when flying in poor weather conditions, the agency's officials told

The 58-year-old pilot, who had a flying experience of more than a decade, did not have the instrument rating and hence, was not licensed to fly in the downpour which lashed New York, including Manhattan on Monday, officials said.

Meanwhile, (NTSB) said that the agency was still investigating what caused the crash.

He added that the wreckage of the was almost burnt completely, but officials were trying their best to identify whatever they could recover from the site.

A preliminary report would be released in the next two weeks, Brazy said, adding, "We have much more work to do before this investigation is complete."

The A109E took off from the 34th heliport at around 1:32 pm (local time) and crash-landed on the roof of the 54-storey building at 787 Seventh Avenue after being airborne for 11 minutes, police had said on Monday.

Authorities had ruled out a terror angle connected with the crash and no injuries were reported.

According to investigations by the police at the on Manhattan's east side, the deceased was waiting for the weather to improve but later decided to fly.

The helicopter flew around Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan and up the west side of the island, police had said.

The then changed course suddenly as the chopper veered towards Manhattan before it crash-landed onto the rooftop of the building.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 05:25 IST