The pilot who died in a New York helicopter crash has been named. Tim McCormack, 58, was flying the aircraft when it slammed into the roof of a 51-storey skyscraper in Manhattan, New York, on Monday.

It appears that Tim, a respected firefighter and qualified pilot, was attempting to make an emergency landing on the roof of the 787 Seventh Avenue building.

It is believed he was the only person in the helicopter at the time of the crash.

Tim had been a volunteer firefighter in a town near Poughkeepsie, New York, since 1994 – and even served as fire chief for the local department, reports say.