NEW YORK CITY – At least one individual was killed after a helicopter made a “crash landing” on the roof of a high-rise building in New York City on Monday, sparking a large emergency response, officials stated.
The crash-landing unfolded on the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and a fireplace has been extinguished, the New York Police Department stated. It occurred at round 2 p.m. in a gentle rain and clouds that obscured the roof of the tower, the AXA Equitable building, situated simply north of Times Square.
The New York Fire Department stated the helicopter’s pilot died. It doesn’t seem anybody else was on board.
Sources informed Fox News’ Rick Leventhal the helicopter skilled mechanical failure and needed to make an emergency touchdown on the roof of the high-rise building.
In a information convention later Monday afternoon, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill confirmed the privately owned helicopter took off from the 34th Street Heliport on the east facet of Manhattan round 1:32 p.m. He stated investigators believed the pilot was conducting “executive travel” and was headed to the “home airport in Linden, N.J.” O’Neill stated the helicopter crashed on the roof 11 minutes after takeoff.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “There is no indication at this time that this was an act of terrorism.” He added, “There is no ongoing threat to New York City based on all the information we have right now.”
De Blasio stated that in accordance with preliminary data it appeared no passengers have been on board, including that there have been “no other injuries that we know of at this point in time.” He additionally stated the reason for the incident has not but been decided.
The FDNY tweeted Monday, “#FDNY confirms a helicopter has crash-landed onto the roof of 787 7th Ave in Manhattan. The fire has been extinguished, and members continue to operate in response to fuel leaking from the helicopter. There is currently one fatality reported.”
In the information convention, New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro stated gasoline leaking from the helicopter has been “mitigated.”
“Right now the building is safe,” Nigro stated, including “complete evacuation” came about.
A person who was in the building informed Fox News’ Shepard Smith he was at his desk when he felt one thing shake.
“It was clearly not something normal,” Zach Escalante stated. “Clearly something different.”
Other witnesses stated it felt like a “small earthquake,” Smith reported, including Fox News confirmed there was no helipad on the roof of the building.
Escalante stated everybody in the high-rise was informed to go out of the building and to not take any elevators as they have been despatched residence for the day.
“No one trampled themselves, which was encouraging, and as a result people got out very quickly,” Escalante stated.
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In a briefing with reporters about 20 minutes after the crash, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated the plane needed to do an “emergency, crash” touchdown. The governor added that there was “no indication it was more than that,” including it was nonetheless early in the investigation.
The incident, near each Rockefeller Center and Times Square, despatched rescue automobiles swarming to the building and instantly evoked reminiscences of the Sept. 11 assaults, although officials stated there have been no indications it was associated to terrorism.
“If you’re a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11. And I remember that morning all too well. So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes,” Cuomo stated.
A girl who was in the building the place the crash came about informed Fox News she heard a “loud boom” after which the entire building shook.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tweeted Monday, “An Agusta A109E helicopter crashed on the roof of 787 Seventh Ave. in New York at around 1:45pm today. Preliminary information is that only the pilot was aboard. FAA air traffic controllers did not handle the flight. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will determine probable cause of the accident. We will release the aircraft registration after NYC officials release the pilot’s name.”
An Augusta A109E helicopter is a twin-engine, high-speed single-pilot helicopter configured for seven passengers and is reportedly the quickest helicopter in its class.
Videos posted by onlookers confirmed emergency automobiles in the road, however no apparent injury to the skyscraper.
A legislation enforcement official informed Fox News that evacuations in the building have been underway.
A girl informed Fox News she did not hear the crash, however individuals in her building have been additionally informed to go away.
“I guess the people on the other side felt something,” a lady who was in the building throughout the road informed Fox News, including that she and staff have been then informed they needed to evacuate and “get out”
President Trump stated he has been briefed on the crash, tweeting, “Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are currently on the scene.”
“THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365! The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all,” the president stated.
While assembly with Indianapolis 500 champions at the White House Monday afternoon, President Trump addressed reporters, calling the incident in New York City a “big tragedy.”
“A very sad event,” Trump stated. “The pilot was killed as you know, we will have a full report on that soon but the federal people are working with the city and state people and they will have a full report very soon.”
New York’s Office of Emergency Management stated that the crash and related emergency response was inflicting street closures and a “heavy presence of emergency personnel.” Numerous roads have been additionally closed, snarling site visitors in the busy part of the town.
The 54-story building is called the AXA Equitable building, which opened in 1986. It is a 54-floor, 752-foot tall skyscraper outfitted with such facilities as a health membership and auditorium.
New York City has a historical past of each minor and main helicopter wrecks and crash landings.
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Last month, a helicopter crash-landed in the Hudson River close to a busy Manhattan heliport. The pilot escaped principally unscathed.
Five individuals died after a sightseeing helicopter crashed into the East River final 12 months. Three individuals died in one other crash into the identical river in 2011. Nine individuals died in a collision between a sightseeing helicopter and a small airplane in 2009, not removed from the scene of Monday’s mishap.
Fox News’ Rick Leventhal and The Associated Press contributed to this report.