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One Dead After Helicopter Crash in Midtown Manhattan – Sparking Mass Evacuation – Fast Facts You Need to Know

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.’

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

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