New York congresswoman calls for helicopter ban after fatal crash

New York congresswoman calls for helicopter ban after fatal crash
© Greg Nash

A New York congresswoman is renewing calls to ban helicopters from flying over Manhattan after an emergency crash-landing in midtown on Monday turned fatal.

“I truly deeply believe that nonessential flight should be banned from New York City,” Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's impeachment jeopardy deepens The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington mourns loss of Elijah Cummings MORE (D-N.Y.), who represents the district where the crash took place, said Monday in a video posted on Twitter. “It is just too densely populated. It is too dangerous and there is absolutely no safe place to land."

 

Maloney said she’s been “fighting for better & stronger safety regulations for Manhattan helicopter use” for years because of her concerns that an incident like Monday's crash could happen.

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New York banned helicopters from landing on rooftop helipads after a 1977 incident with a helicopter on top of what’s now the Met Life Building. Today, there are a handful of heliports that allow the vehicles to travel to and from the island, and Maloney wants officials to put an end to the practice.

“We will start the negotiations with the [Federal Aviation Administration] FAA, will call for public hearings, we will call for public meetings, we will call for what safety procedures were violated and we will continue to hold them accountable for what happened,” she said.

 

Tim McCormack, the helicopter pilot who died in the crash, was flying during poor weather conditions including rain and low visibility. Maloney said, “If he hadn’t been flying in fog over the most densely populated area in the world, he would have not crashed.”

“A lot of it is nonessential — it’s tourism, it’s totally not needed, it’s unnecessary and it’s very, very dangerous,” Maloney said. “One death is just too many.”