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Helicopter Crashes Onto Skyscraper Roof Near Times Square, Pilot Dead

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Deanna Wagner | 13 June, 2019, 00:30

The New York City Fire Department said it was responding to a helicopter crash landing on 7th Avenue in Manhattan on June 10.

No longer no longer as a lot as one particular person is ineffective after a helicopter rupture-landed on top of a constructing in the center of Unusual York Metropolis, sending smoke streaming from the midtown Unusual york roof, officers mentioned.

The New York helicopter crash sparked a fire in the office building.

The governor of NY spoke out to reassure New Yorkers following the tragic incident.

"There's something mysterious here", Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN, saying officials were scrutinizing video of a "very erratic" flight and authorities needed to find out more about the pilot at the time he made a decision to take off. The only indication was a helicopter had to do an emergency or a hard landing, or crashed onto the rooftop of the building, causing a fire. Almost a month ago, a chopper crashed into the Hudson River in New York City shortly after taking off from Manhattan, injuring two people.

The pilot killed in the incident has been named locally as experienced airman Tim McCormack.

"If you are a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD from 9/11", Cuomo said.

"We are mourning the loss of Tim McCormack, who has flown for us for the past five years", a spokesperson for the company said.

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He said the cause was unknown but that there was no indication the crash was an "act of terrorism".

Working for a bank on the building's seventh floor, Kendall Sawyer felt a shake - "jarring enough to notice", but workers weren't sure what it was, she said.

"I didn't see the chopper but could feel it go by".

"There were no other injuries that we know of at this point in time to anyone in the building or on the ground", de Blasio said.

Officials extinguished the fire in 30 minutes.

"Chief McCormack was extremely respected by not only the members of the department, but throughout the Dutchess County fire service".

President Donald Trump also commended the work of first responders, tweeting "THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365!" The 750-foot tall AXA Equitable Center, where the accident occurred, was built in 1985.

The skyscraper is managed by the Los Angeles-based CommonWealth Partners. "Our hearts are with his family and friends", the company said in a statement. The aircraft additionally featured IFR (instrument flight rules) certifications that allow operators to fly in lower visibility, however, pilots still be trained in the equipment. In Washington, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Manhattan Democrat, called on the Federal Aviation Administration to ban "non-essential" helicopter flights over Manhattan, as she did after a previous crash.