Pilot Killed in Manhattan Helicopter Crash Couldn’t Navigate in Bad Weather

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Timothy McCormack was experienced but lacked certification to use instruments critical for handling difficult conditions

The pilot who died when his helicopter crash-landed on a Midtown Manhattan skyscraper Monday wasn’t certified to fly using instruments that could have helped him navigate in poor weather, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

Federal investigators on Tuesday were trying to piece together the moments that led the pilot, Timothy McCormack, to crash atop the AXA Equitable Center, a 752-foot-tall office tower on Seventh Avenue between West 51st and West 52nd streets.

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