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Pilot dies as helicopter crashes onto the roof of a 54-story skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan - sparking mass evacuation of surrounding buildings

  • Emergency crews responded to the incident at 787 Seventh Ave on Monday 
  • Smoke was seen billowing from the top of the 54-story building
  • Police ordered the evacuation of several buildings in the area as a precaution
  • The pilot killed has not been named, and no other injuries have been reported 
  • Gov Andrew Cuomo says there is no indication the crash was intentional

A pilot has died after a helicopter crash landed into a building in Midtown Manhattan, NYPD officials confirmed.

Emergency crews responded to the incident at 787 Seventh Ave just before 2pm Monday as thick rain blanketed the area.

Smoke was seen billowing from the top of the 54-story building as police ordered the evacuation of several structures in the area as a precaution. 

The New York Fire Department tweeted that firefighters have extinguished a fire that was raging on top of the building as 'members continue to operate in response to fuel leaking from the helicopter'. 

The pilot killed has not been named, and authorities have not said whether anyone else was on board. No additional injuries have been reported. 

It remains unclear who owns the helicopter or why it would have been trying to land on that building, which does not have a landing pad. 

A helicopter crashed into a building in Midtown Manhattan, NYPD officials confirmed Monday

A helicopter crashed into a building in Midtown Manhattan, NYPD officials confirmed Monday 


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived on the scene soon after and said the number of people on the helicopter is unknown and that no one in the building was hurt.

'There was a helicopter that made a forced landing or an emergency landing on the roof of the building for one reason or the other,' he said. 

'People in the building said they felt the building shake. It was hard landing.'

Cuomo said there is no indication the crash was intentional.  

'If you are a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD from 9/11,' Cuomo said. 'As soon as you hear an aircraft hit a a building, my mind goes where the mind of every New Yorker goes.' 

Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom before flames erupted from the roof of the building. 

Shauna Farrell was in a meeting on the 36th floor when she felt the impact, which sent her and her colleagues running for the exits.  

'We ran down. I think we were the first floor to evacuate, actually, because we felt it so quickly,' Farrell told ABC News.

'There was already FDNY on the scene. We were kind of just running away from the building as quickly as we could.' 

Laura Esquival, a hostess at the Ruth's Chris Steak House across the street from the crash site, told CNBC: 'I saw people running out. They were escorting everyone out.' 

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the following statement on Twitter: 'We are gathering information about an accident involving a helicopter that crashed into a building in Midtown Manhattan.' 

The agency said they will be releasing more details throughout the day as the investigation continues.

There does not appear to have been any significant damage to the building's structure.   

The building houses the AXA Equitable Center. Other tenants include BNP Paribas, Stifel, New Mountain Capital, Sidley Austin LLP, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, UBS, and Citigroup.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pictured near the scene of the crash. He said there is no indication that it was intentional or terrorism-related
Emergency crews flocked to the scene at 787 Seventh Avenue at around 1pm Monday
A witness reported hearing a loud boom before flames erupted from the roof of the building

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Comment by vaughn mitchell on June 12, 2019 at 7:19pm
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