Several floors of the building shook. Before the alarms started to blare and workers had a full understanding of what was happening, security was ordering them to grab their belongings and evacuate.
A helicopter has made a crash landing onto the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper, killing at least one person and sending a plume of smoke skyward from the top of the building.
The helicopter pilot, who has not been identified, reportedly took off in bad weather and was not in touch with the tower at LaGuardia prior to the crash.
The pilot has been named by local media as Tim McCormack.
"We felt a little bit of a tremor", he told CNN.
No other injuries were reported in the crash, which resulted in a two-alarm fire and fuel leak.
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The New York police department subsequently said the incident was a "hard landing on the roof" of the building.
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McCormack was the only person on the aircraft, an NYPD source told PEOPLE.
The real estate company that used the Agusta A109E helicopter confirmed Monday that the pilot was Tim McCormack, of Clinton Corners, New York.
The chopper took off from a heliport on Manhattan's east side at 1.32pm and crash-landed on the building 11 minutes later, officials said.
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Linden Airport Director Paul Dudley confirmed that Mr McCormack was hired to fly for the helicopter's owner, Daniele Bodini, who he said commuted between the city and upstate NY.
McCormack worked for Daniele Bodini, founder of the real estate firm American Continental Properties Group, Dudley said.
Five individuals died when a sightseeing helicopter crashed into the East River last one year.
McCormack was forced to land at the West 30th Street Heliport. The aircraft was initially described as a plane, a fire department spokesman said.
"It was mayhem. We didn't know what was going on", she said.
"A little bit of pandemonium", he told the station, recalling the incident.
"Chief McCormack was extremely respected by not only the members of the department, but throughout the Dutchess County fire service".
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To date it remains unclear how McCormack came to lose control of the chopper and what ultimately led to the vehicle crashing. "Tim's technical knowledge and ability to command an emergency were exceptional", the statement read.