Helicopter crashed on top of a Manhattan skyscraper Monday afternoon, and authorities and New York rescuers rushed to the scene in Midtown.
The New York City Fire Department said a death was reported, and according to the Federal Aviation Administration, initial reports suggest that the pilot was the only person on board the plane.
The accident caused a fire after the helicopter crashed into the skyscraper roof at 787 7th Avenue during a hard landing, the New York City Police Department said on Twitter.
Authorities said the fire has since died down, although the FDNY said its members “continue to operate in response to the helicopter’s fuel leak.”
New York firefighters respond to the scene in which it was reported that a helicopter crashed into a building in Manhattan on Monday.
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It was not immediately known what caused the helicopter to crash, although it is possible that Monday’s rainy and windy weather contributed.
The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who spoke with reporters on the scene shortly after the accident, said that “the people in the building itself, no one has been injured, some people have been evacuated.”
The mayor of the city of New York, Bill de Blasio, told a subsequent press conference that “there is no continuous threat to New York City, based on all the information we have at this time.”
The skyscraper, known as the AXA Equitable building, is 54 stories high. The public was asked to avoid the West 51st and 7th Ave.
The FAA said its air traffic controllers did not handle the flight of this Agusta A109E helicopter. He added that the National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of investigating the accident.
FDNY mentioned, Earlier this afternoon – Fire and EMS personnel were under full activation in the
#FDNY Operations Center during the helicopter crash in Manhattan. Watch an update from the scene at: https://on.nyc.gov/2KE8fAN