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Media captionNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo: ‘Folks felt the constructing shake’
The pilot of a helicopter died after it crash landed on prime of a skyscraper in Manhattan, hearth officers say.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned the 54-storey workplace constructing on Seventh Avenue shook from the influence.
Governor Cuomo mentioned the crash sparked a rooftop hearth, which was introduced underneath management. Some have been evacuated from the tower, however none have been damage.
He mentioned New Yorkers have “a stage of PTSD from 9/11” after they hear information of an plane crash in Manhattan.
The pilot was the one particular person aboard the Agusta A109E helicopter, mentioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The incident occurred at round 14:00 (19:00 GMT) on a wet and foggy Monday.
Governor Cuomo mentioned preliminary experiences point out there was no indication of foul play.
He informed reporters on the scene: “There was a helicopter that made a pressured touchdown, emergency touchdown, or landed on the roof of the constructing for one cause or one other.
“There was a hearth that occurred when the helicopter hit the roof. Those who have been within the constructing mentioned that they felt the constructing shake.”
He added: “In case you’re a New Yorker, you could have a stage of PTSD, proper, from 9/11. And I keep in mind that morning all too effectively.
“In order quickly as you hear an plane hit a constructing, I believe my thoughts goes the place each New Yorker’s thoughts goes.”
No particles was seen on the pavement or street beneath the scene of the 750ft (229m) skyscraper.
Hearth officers mentioned they contained “gas leaking from the helicopter”.
Nancy Berman, who works close by, informed BBC Information: “I used to be sat at a desk in my workplace and all of us felt furnishings transfer.
“It was like slightly shake. However we did not suppose something of it.
“An announcement on the workplace loudspeaker informed us there had been a crash and the opposite constructing have been evacuating.”
She mentioned workers in her workplace selected to remain put.
In line with the New York Publish, there is no such thing as a helicopter touchdown pad on the roof of the tower at 787 Seventh Avenue.
The scene, which is near Instances Sq., led workers to filter out of buildings as emergency response car sirens wailed within the streets.
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board will examine the incident.
The White Home mentioned President Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident.
Final month a helicopter crashed into the Hudson River, falling simply wanting a heliport.
5 folks have been killed in 2018 when a sightseeing helicopter plunged into the East River.