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Helicopter Crashes Onto Roof Of 54-Storey Building In New York

Helicopter Crashes Onto Roof Of 54-Storey Building In New York

A helicopter has been involved in a crash landing in Manhattan, New York, the city's fire department has confirmed.

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According to AP, the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) has also said the helicopter's pilot was killed in the crash.

A spokeswoman for the New York Police Department told CNBC the number of possible injuries is currently unknown.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement: "We are gathering information about an accident involving a helicopter that crashed into a building in Midtown Manhattan.

"We will post a statement as soon as we have confirmed information."

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo - who was also at the scene - told reporters that the incident had been a 'hard landing'.

"There was a helicopter that made a forced landing or an emergency landing ... on the roof of the building for one reason or the other," Cuomo said, CNBC reports.

"People in the building said they felt the building shake.

"It was hard landing. We do not know how many people were the helicopter."

He added: "In [the] building itself, nobody has been hurt."

Cuomo explained that a fire began when the aircraft hit, but is under control.

Firefighters attending the scene. Credit: PA
Firefighters attending the scene. Credit: PA

The incident took place at around 2pm local time at 787 7th Ave, a 54-storey building located between West 51st and West 52nd streets, at the north end of Times Square.

According to CNBC, the building - known as the AXA Equitable Center, has tenants including BNP Paribas, Citibank and international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Workers at the building were reportedly quickly evacuated.

More to follow.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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