At Least 1 Dead as Helicopter Crashes on Top of Building in Manhattan

By Paul Riegler on 10 June 2019
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The Times Square area in New York City

The Times Square area in New York City

A helicopter appears to have attempted to make an emergency landing on the roof of a midtown Manhattan building Monday afternoon.

“787 7 AVE, high-rise helicopter crash into building,” the city’s Fire Department reported on Twitter.

The building is located at the intersection of 51st Street and Seventh Avenue, which is just north of Times Square. The incident took place during a heavy downpour with low visibility, with a reported ceiling of 1,000 feet (300 meters).

The pilot reportedly told air traffic control he was in trouble and had to “land on top of a building.” He may have saved dozens if not hundreds of lives by choosing to land on the building’s large flat roof versus an uncontrolled crash.

A fire broke out on the roof, apparently fed by fuel leaking from the aircraft, but was contained, officials said.

“There was a fire when the helicopter hit the roof,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to reporters on the scene.

The crash halted traffic on nearby streets as officials cordoned off the area. Occupants of the building told CNN that the building shook and that they were told to evacuate the building as a precaution.

One person, reportedly the pilot, was dead as a result of the crash, authorities said.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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