NEW YORK CITY — A helicopter crashed into a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan Monday afternoon. The pilot was killed.
The FDNY says the incident happened at Seventh Avenue and West 49th Street — the AXA Equitable Center.
The helicopter crashed into the roof of the 54-story office building.
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
DEVELOPING: helicopter crashed into a building in Midtown Manhattan at 51st and 7th. Here is footage of the helicopter flying erratically before the crash (via @ThingsWendySees) pic.twitter.com/zCowdKvKuL
— Cooper Lawrence (@CooperLawrence) June 10, 2019
— Dan Mannarino (@DanMannarino) June 10, 2019
There were no reports of other injuries.
The FDNY said, “A helicopter has crash-landed onto the roof of 787 7th Ave in Manhattan. The fire has been extinguished, and members continue to operate in response to fuel leaking from the helicopter. There is currently one fatality.”
The NYPD said in an alert, “There was a helicopter hard landing on the roof of 787 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Fire has been extinguished. Please continue to avoid the area.”
Over 100 Fire & EMS units were on scene. The National Transportation Safety Board was also responding.
It was not immediately clear what type of helicopter was involved.