A helicopter crashed into the roof of a Manhattan building Monday afternoon, killing the pilot, in what officials said was an attempt at an emergency landing. There were no other injuries or deaths, officials said.
The crash at the building on Seventh Avenue, just a few blocks south of Central Park, occurred around 1:45 p.m. The aircraft was initially described as a plane, a fire department spokesman said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that there was no indication of the crash being intentional.
“If you’re a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11,” he said. “So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes.”
President Donald Trump tweeted that he had been informed about the accident:
“I have been briefed on the helicopter crash in New York City. 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.”
Videos posed on social media showed smoke from the crash emanating from the roof of the building, at 787 Seventh Ave. between 51st and 52nd streets. The police said that a fire on the roof had been extinguished, but asked people to avoid the area around the building as emergency responders headed to the scene.
The Federal Aviation Administration said that the helicopter was an Agusta A109E. Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said that the agency was gathering information to determine whether it would investigate the crash.
Other videos showed people evacuating the area in a hurry. Officials said they had not determined what caused the crash landing.
Visibility was low at ground level, down to just over a mile at 2 p.m.; 10 miles is considered full visibility. At the same time, rain, fog and mist were all being reported. Winds were out of the east at around 9 mph at the time of the crash, though they had gusted to 20 mph earlier in the day.