At least one person is dead after a helicopter crash-landed on top of a building in the heart of New York City, sending smoke streaming from the midtown Manhattan roof, officials said.787 7th ave, #midtown NYC.
The crash occurred at a building not far from Times Square and Rockefeller Center.
The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) identified the helicopter as an Agusta A109E.
FDNY Lt. Adrienne Walsh, one of the department's first responders, described the roof scene as "a debris field that was on fire".
"So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker's mind goes", Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters.
"There's something mysterious here", Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN, saying officials were scrutinizing video of a "very erratic" flight and authorities needed to find out more about the pilot at the time he chose to take off.More news: Bethesda at E3 2019: Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo enliven muted show
The helicopter was flying in rain and heavy clouds when it hit AXA Equitable building in midtown Manhattan.
"Fire has been extinguished", the NYPD tweet said, adding that people should avoid the area between West 51st Street and 7th Avenue.
The pilot killed in the incident has been named locally as experienced airman Tim McCormack.
Multiple news outlets in NY are reporting that a helicopter has crashed into the building at 787 Seventh Ave.at about 2:15 p.m. local time.
American Continental Properties, the company that owns the helicopter that crashed, said McCormack has been flying with them for the past five years. Cuomo's office said the president and governor had spoken.
"There was a flood of sirens outside and an announcement for us to leave the building".More news: Three officially announces 5G plans for the UK
"I didn't see the chopper but could feel it go by". It took firefighters 30 minutes to put out the blaze.
It was not immediately known what type of helicopter was involved. No one else was injured in the crash, which officials said appeared to be an accident - not an act of terrorism. "It felt like you were just standing there, and someone takes their hand and just shoves you", he said.
People in the 750-foot-tall AXA Equitable building reported hearing engine noise just before the building shook.
McCormack had volunteered with the East Clinton Volunteer Fire Department since 1994 and served as the department chief for 10 years, East Clinton Fire Department Chief Don Estes said reading a statement.
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