Pilot Dies After Helicopter Crash-Lands on Roof of Manhattan Skyscraper

A helicopter has crashed into a building in Manhattan located at 787 7th Avenue the FDNY tweeted Monday

A helicopter has crashed into a building in Manhattan located at 787 7th Avenue the FDNY tweeted Monday

A helicopter has crashed on the roof of a high-rise building in New York City, causing a fire and killing at least one person, local officials say.

The helicopter pilot has been killed in the crash.

It was raining heavily at the time of the crash.

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A fire that broke out following the crash was quickly brought under control, Cuomo said.

The Manhattan building where a helicopter crashed during a landing attempt Monday is a 50-story office building partially owned by CalPERS, California's state worker pension fund. "I remember that morning all too well", Cuomo added. He and his colleagues - who had not heard or felt an impact - used stairs to a fire exit.

"If you're a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11".

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Jason Evans, public information officer for Dallas Fire and Rescue, said the ongoing investigation was extremely fluid. Evans said "every single level of the parking garage in part has collapsed" and that multiple vehicles were damaged.

"It felt like you were just standing there, and someone takes their hand and just shoves you", he said.
"The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all", he tweeted. "News reports saying helicopter/small plane crash onto roof which would be consistent with what I heard/saw".

The building in question, the AXA Equitable Center, a 752 foot (229.3 meter) skyscraper, was evacuated as a result of the crash.

The crash comes on a rainy NY afternoon; both Newark and LaGuardia Airports are in a ground stop due to visibility and thunderstorms, according to the FAA. "We do not know how many people were the helicopter".

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Helicopters are often used for transportation and sight-seeing over Manhattan. Various news sources are reporting the death might be the copter's pilot, though that has not been confirmed.

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