Pilot who crashed helicopter onto NYC building was lost, flying in and out of clouds: NTSB report


first_imgFDNY(NEW YORK) — A pilot who crashed on top of a New York City high rise building was lost and flying in and out of clouds just before the accident, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).Tim McCormack was killed after he conducted a hard landing on top of the Midtown building on the afternoon on June 10. The crash filled the air with smoke and clogged nearby streets with firetrucks.McCormack did not have an instrument rating and did not report anything mechanically wrong with the aircraft, which was severely damaged in the crash, according to the report.McCormack had first dropped off a passenger at a heliport on 34th street in New York City after taking off from Westchester County, Doug Brazy, an NTSB air safety investigator, told reporters the day after the crash.He then waited and reviewed the weather before leaving the heliport to head to Linden, New Jersey, Brazy said.Before the fatal flight, McCormack mentioned to staff at the heliport that due to weather he had a 20 minute window “to make it out,” according to records from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). After taking off, he made a request to return to the heliport about five to seven minutes after departure because he “did not know where he was,” records show.Video recorded by a witness showed the helicopter flying erratically in and out of clouds over Manhattan and the East River before the crash, according to the records.While over the East River, McCormack changed course and altitude several times before making a 270-degree turn back toward Manhattan, the report states.The crash occurred inside an area of Manhattan with flight restrictions that require pilots to obtain permission from air traffic control to enter, according to the FAA. McCormack was not in contact with air traffic control, nor was he required to be for his flight plan, according to the NTSB.McCormack was the only one on board the Agusta A109E. No one else was injured in the accident.He decided to crash onto the roof of the high-rise building on 7th Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets to put “other lives first,” his family said in a statement after the crash.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more



first_imgA funeral mass took place Dec. 11 at St. Aloysius Church, Jersey City for Jose E. Fajardo, of Jersey City. He passed away Dec. 5 at Hackensack University Medical Center. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Jose lived most of his life in Jersey City. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service Secaucus for 30+ years retiring in 2007. Jose was an active Parishioner at St. Aloysius Church, Jersey City. He was the husband of Mercedes (Garcia) Fajardo. father of Jose E. Fajardo, Jr. and his wife Nancy, and Edgar Fajardo and his wife Gail. Grandfather of Zelina, Laura, Daniel, and Anna. Brother of Cornelio Fajardo, Julio Fajardo, Beatriz Yate and Virgelina Fajardo.Servces arranged by the Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City.last_img read more

Honduras: FUSINA Reinforces Border Security against Gangs


first_imgCol. Arriaga explained there are plans for countries throughout the region to create a unified force to combat organized crime. “We are constantly exchanging information among the militaries in the region concerning our activities and operations. For example, Joint Task Force Maya-Chortí was established in March 2015 between the governments of Honduras and Guatemala with the goal of counteracting drug trafficking as well as reducing organized crime operations, ordinary crime, and the activities linked to both.” Civilians have also provided timely information regarding the presence of suspicious persons to FUSINA, which has helped reinforce the country’s borders, where the presence of civil authorities has been strengthened. Cooperation with the security forces of other countries is a key component of the initiative. When FUSINA arrests a foreigner at the border, the force exchanges information with the authorities from that person’s country of origin to determine the suspect’s background and possible criminal ties. Since its creation in February 2014, FUSINA has confiscated weapons, drugs, munitions, and explosives under the framework of Operation Morazán. Overall, FUSINA forces have executed 1,261 arrest warrants; seized 363 kilograms of cocaine; confiscated 935 firearms; and destroyed two drug labs. The Honduran government has given the Interagency Security Force (FUSINA) the responsibility of monitoring the land, air, and water borders and capturing gang members who are fleeing neighboring El Salvador, where security forces have put extraordinary public safety measures in place. Fighting crime Gang threats transcend borders, making it crucial for Central American countries to guard their borders closely, FUSINA Commander, Infantry Colonel Selman David Arriaga Orellana, explained to Diálogo. “We hold joint and coordinated operations with authorities from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, which include operational coordination with the Armed Forces and militaries of the various countries. This coordination is performed under the framework of the Conference of Central American Armed Forces, a regional organization comprised of the Armed Forces of Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.” Gangs are a public safety problem for each of the countries in the Northern Triangle (Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala), said Migdonia Ayestas, the director of the University Institute for Democracy, Peace, and Security. “The Central American Integration System is prioritizing the issue of Democratic Security, but what is most important is not to just think about things. We have to act on them because these crime syndicates are already here.” Since January 1st, FUSINA has arrested 804 suspects who intended to enter or move through Honduras illegally, 90 percent of whom had the intention of migrating. Overall, security forces determined that 5 percent of those detained were involved in crime. Throughout Honduras, FUSINA is carrying out “Operación Morazán,” which is aimed at combating common and organized crime, in addition to securing the Central American country’s borders. Operation Morazán is being carried out “[while] respecting human rights and constitutional protections, since the only goal is to locate and arrest those people and criminal gangs that operate outside the law in order to later submit them to trial in the appropriate courts,” Col. Arriaga added. By Dialogo June 10, 2016 Gangs problematic to public safety Assistance from the public is crucial to the operational success of FUSINA, which is combating those who want to use Honduras as a hideout or a base to conduct crimes, Col. Arriaga stated. “One of the resources used to fight crime is the Military, but the most important one is the public’s collaboration in a culture of complaint. From any corner of the country, they can reach out to 911, and FUSINA will respond safely to counter whatever illegal threat is taking place in a given area. A complaint means preventing illegal activity or a homicide. Confidence in FUSINA is essential, and the culture of complaint is fundamental.” FUSINA has confiscated military-grade firearms, including AK-47 rifles, M-16 rifles, M-203 rifles, light automatic rifles, submachine guns, mini-Uzis, and 9mm pistols. The security force has also seized $1,036,874 in cash and dismantled 11 covert landing strips used for narcoflights. last_img read more

Inside a COVID-19 hospital in India, doctors see no end in sight


first_imgIt was barely noon on Thursday when the metal doors of the mortuary at a hospital in south New Delhi swung open and staff in white coveralls rolled out a stretcher. Mourning relatives looked on, as a body bag was loaded into an ambulance and taken away to a cemetery.It was yet another casualty from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 4,500 people and infected more than 150,000 across India. While infection rates from the virus have begun to fall in many countries, in India they are still rising sharply, and epidemiologists warn peak is yet to come.Concerns are rising about how the country of 1.3 billion, with one of the world’s most overburdened healthcare systems, will handle the surge with roughly 6,000 new infections being detected daily this week. On Thursday, Reuters was given exclusive access inside Max Super Speciality Hospital – currently the largest such private COVID-19 treatment site in New Delhi – where some 200 patients are being treated for the disease caused by the new coronavirus.While India is easing a more than two-month long nationwide lockdown that was aimed at reining in the spread of the disease, the battle against the virus rages within its strained hospital system.”We are getting more and more people daily both in numbers and in the severity of disease,” said Arun Dewan, the director of the hospital’s critical care section. “We’re not seeing any end.”Around him, the eerie calm within the hospital was broken only by the sound of machines beeping and patients coughing – most of whom were separated only by white curtains. Staff in heavy protective gear move around softly, speaking in murmurs. Until a few months ago the cries of babies would often fill this section of the hospital, which was meant for neonatal care. But with the number of cases surging, Max designated the entire building for COVID-19 patients.Now, posters of Winnie the Pooh and other cartoon characters meant to soothe children, beam down upon patients struggling to beat a deadly virus.It is the first time in his 35-year-career that Dewan is battling a pandemic of this scale, he said, and while each day has been as struggle, he fears the worst is yet to come.”Manpower will be the biggest challenge. We have reached the limit,” he said, adding even as the toll rises, the wait list of patients is growing fast.But there are small victories that keep the staff going. For Steena, a doctor working in the ICU who only gave her first name, one such moment was when a 70-year-old woman brought in dire condition recovered in recent weeks.”After seven or eight days, she was taken off a ventilator, and tested negative,” she said, sounding hopeful, before quickly turning to attend to yet another patient.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Bulldogs Results At 4-Way Golf Meet At Connersville


first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Golf team participated in a 4-Way Golf Meet at Willbrook Country Club-Connersville with Franklin County and Oldenburg Academy.Team Scores:Franklin County 172, Connersville 173, Batesville 184, Oldenburg Academy 209.Individual Scoring for Batesville:Ryan Harmeyer 41, Keegan Straub 47, Jake Flaspohler No Score (Withdraw-Injury), Tristian Lamppert 49, Ross Harmeyer 47,Christian Weberding 60.Medalist: Austin Seale-Franklin County with a 40.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Siefert.last_img read more