The helicopter crash landed on the roof of 787 7th Ave in midtown New York City on Monday. Officials says the investigation into the reason of the crash is ongoing.
Firefighters confirmed at least one death, and people have been asked to stay indoors until cleared for safety.
The pilot is the only one confirmed dead although they have not yet been identified.
“At approximately 1:32 this afternoon, the helicopter took off at the 34th Street heliport and about 11 minutes later crashed across the street from where we are now,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at a news conference.
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
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told CBS news:
“The fire department is on scene, they’re responding but the preliminary information is that there was a helicopter that made a forced landing, emergency landing, or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another.”
Recent interviews by the New York Police Department revealed the pilot was ‘waiting out the weather’ but made the decision to fly regardless. The pilot flew around battery park on the southern part of Manhattan before steering into midtown to an inevitable crash.