Lawmaker Calls For Ban On Helicopter Flights In Wake Of High-Rise Crash

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — One city lawmaker is calling for policy changes following Monday afternoon’s helicopter crash on Seventh Avenue.

“Today is one of the nightmares that New Yorkers worry about,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who represents Manhattan.

Speaking at a press conference in Washington D.C. following the crash, she said enough is enough and demanded that non-essentially helicopter flights over New York City be permanently banned.

“It is just too densely populated, it is too dangerous,” Maloney said of the flights.

Maloney says this is not the first fatal helicopter crash in or around the city, there have been a number of them and yet the Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t been moved to act.

“Their position has been more or less, ‘we wanna increase flights, that’s what we do, we increase flights,’ that’s what their position has been in the past but obviously the flight is not safe,” she said.

Based on the dense fog and poor visibility, Maloney said she doesn’t understand how the helicopter was allowed to take off Monday afternoon.

The aircraft, crash landed on the roof of a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan, killing the pilot and forcing the evacuation of the 54-story skyscraper.

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