Helicopter Crash in Midtown Manhattan
A witness reported hearing a loud boom before flames erupted from the roof of the building
One person 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 1pm Monday.
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.
No details about the person killed have been released, and no additional injuries have been reported.
Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom before flames erupted from the roof of the building.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said there is no indication that 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.’
FDNY members are operating on scene at 787 7th Ave in Manhattan, helicopter crash landing.
— FDNY (@FDNY) June 10, 2019
787 7th ave, #midtown NYC. We’re 1 block south. 20 mins ago there was a loud sound like a too-low #helicopter & I looked up and saw sheet of flame on roof and then smoke. News reports saying helicopter/small plane crash onto roof which would be consistent with what I heard/saw. pic.twitter.com/swY3ksLskH
— Lance Koonce (@LHKoonce) June 10, 2019
Rain and angle makes it difficult to see but here is the view from our office window across the street from scene of helicopter crash on roof of 787 7th ave in nyc. @USATODAY heavy fire and police presence around building. pic.twitter.com/WLqm0x4iTt
— Ed Baig (@edbaig) June 10, 2019
Evacuation in Midtown West. 51st Street and 6th Ave near Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Centre.
We felt a jolt in our building and shortly after got the instruction to evacuate. #NYC #Evacuation #Midtown pic.twitter.com/lH2YwilqqJ
— Javanni. (@JavanniWaugh) June 10, 2019
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.
Governor Cuomo said the crash sparked a rooftop fire, which was being brought under control. Some were evacuated from the tower, but none were hurt.
He said New Yorkers have “a level of PTSD from 9/11” when they hear news of an aircraft crash in Manhattan.
The incident happened at around 14:00 (19:00 GMT) on a rainy and foggy Monday.
Governor Cuomo said preliminary reports indicate the helicopter made a forced landing, but there was no indication of foul play.
He told reporters at the scene: “There was a helicopter that made a forced landing, emergency landing, or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another.
“There was a fire that happened when the helicopter hit the roof. People that were in the building said that they felt the building shake.”
He added: “If you’re a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD from 9/11.
“As soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes.”
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- 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
- No details about the person killed have been released, and no additional injuries have been reported
- Gov Andrew Cuomo says there is no indication the crash was intentional