A helicopter crashed into the roof of a 54-story office building in midtown Manhattan Monday, fire officials said. Only one person was aboard the aircraft, the pilot, who was reported to have been killed, according to a senior city official.
A call about the crash at the AXA Equitable Center on Seventh Avenue and West 49th Street came in shortly before 2 p.m. No other details were immediately available.
The city issued an emergency notification saying to expect road closures and the presence of emergency personnel at Seventh Avenue and West 51st Street. The NYPD also tweeted the area should be avoided. A senior FAA official says that there is no indication of terrorism.
Evacuations were reported. At least one person tweeted that he or she felt a building shake. The FDNY said the chopper crash-landed onto the building. 7th Avenue was closed between 51st and 52nd Street.
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