Helicopter crash on high-rise building in New York City leaves at least 1 dead
At least one person was killed after a helicopter made a “hard-landing” on the roof of a high-rise building in New York City on Monday, sparking a massive emergency response, officials said.
The New York Police Department said preliminary information shows the helicopter made a “hard landing ” on the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and a fire has been extinguished. The high-rise building is located just north of the famed Times Square.
PRELIMINARY UPDATE: 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. https://t.co/pBvrbD1MGh
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The New York Fire Department said there is currently one fatality reported. It does not appear anyone else was on board when the crash occurred at around 2 p.m.Whoops! We couldn’t access this Tweet.
In a briefing with reporters, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the aircraft had to do an “emergency, crash” landing. The governor added that there was “no indication it was more than that,” adding it was still early in the investigation.
A woman who was in the building told reporters she heard a “loud boom” and then the whole building shook.
It was not immediately known what type of helicopter was involved.
Videos posted by onlookers showed emergency vehicles in the street, but no obvious damage to the skyscraper.
A law enforcement official told reporters that evacuations are currently underway in the building.