The pilot of a helicopter died after it crash-landed on prime of a skyscraper in Manhattan, fireplace officers say.
The incident sparked a rooftop fireplace, which was shortly extinguished. Some employees had been evacuated from the tower, however none had been damage.
The workplace constructing near Occasions Sq. shook from the affect, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned.
New Yorkers, he added, have “a degree of PTSD from 9/11” after they hear information of an plane crash in Manhattan.
The pilot has been named by native media as Tim McCormack.
He was the one individual aboard the twin-engine Agusta A109E helicopter, mentioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The incident occurred at round 14:00 (18:00 GMT) on a wet and foggy Monday on Seventh Avenue.
Governor Cuomo mentioned after preliminary experiences that there was no indication of foul play.
“There was a helicopter that made a compelled touchdown, emergency touchdown, or landed on the roof of the constructing for one cause or one other,” he informed reporters on the scene.
“There was a hearth that occurred when the helicopter hit the roof. Folks that had been within the constructing mentioned that they felt the constructing shake.”
He added: “When you’re a New Yorker, you’ve got a degree of PTSD, proper, from 9/11. And I do not forget that morning all too properly.
“In order quickly as you hear an plane hit a constructing, I believe my thoughts goes the place each New Yorker’s thoughts goes.”
Talking on the White Home on Monday, US President Donald Trump mentioned the crash was “a giant tragedy” and “a really unhappy occasion”.
No particles was seen on the pavement or highway under the scene of the AXA Equitable constructing, which is about 750ft (229m) and greater than 50 storeys excessive.
Michaela Dudley, of Hoboken, New Jersey, was working within the constructing that the helicopter crashed into and described feeling “a small tremor”.
“I began listening to the blare of sirens and knew one thing dangerous had occurred,” the 30-year-old lawyer mentioned.
“There was a flood of sirens outdoors and an announcement for us to go away the constructing. I grabbed my backpack and cellphone.
“The stairwell was full of individuals attempting to get out and so it was a extremely sluggish course of. We did not know what was occurring so individuals had been getting a bit panicky.”
Nicolas Estevez informed Reuters information company he had been standing throughout the road when a 12in (30cm) chunk of metallic which will have come off the helicopter landed on the pavement simply ft away.
The plane took off from a heliport at Manhattan’s east aspect at 13:32 and crashed 11 minutes later, officers mentioned.
In line with Mayor Invoice de Blasio, there isn’t a helicopter touchdown pad on the roof of the AXA Equitable tower at 787 Seventh Avenue the place the plane crashed.
New York Commissioner James O’Neill informed a information convention the helicopter had been engaged in “government journey” on the time of the crash.
Town’s prime police officer mentioned the plane’s cause for flying in such poor climate can be “a part of the investigation”.
Mr de Blasio mentioned it was “an uncommon scenario for certain”, and the helicopter would have wanted particular permits from LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York Metropolis.
The constructing is about half a mile from Trump Tower, and airspace has been underneath a flight restriction since he grew to become president.
The mayor described the helicopter as “obliterated”.
“There isn’t any indication presently that this was an act of terror and there’s no ongoing risk to New York Metropolis,” he added.
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board is investigating the incident.
Final month a helicopter crashed into the Hudson River, falling simply in need of a heliport.
5 individuals had been killed in 2018 when a sightseeing helicopter plunged into the East River.