Manhattan Helicopter Crash, 1 Dead
A Manhattan helicopter crash on Monday at around 2 p.m. left the pilot dead, but no other fatalities. The pilot attempted to make a hard landing on the roof of a 54 story high rise in Midtown in Manhattan, New York City at 787 7th Avenue (Fox). The pilot had radioed in that he was in trouble prior to the crash, according to CBS. A fire broke out due to the event, which was quickly extinguished by the FDNY.
MAN 2-ALARM 787 7 AVE, HIGH RISE HELICOPTER CRASH INTO BUILDING,— FDNYalerts (@FDNYAlerts) June 10, 2019
#FDNY confirms a helicopter has crash-landed onto the roof of 787 7th Ave in Manhattan. The fire has been extinguished, and members continue to operate in response to fuel leaking from the helicopter. There is currently one fatality reported.— FDNY (@FDNY) June 10, 2019
The FDNY and NYPD began evacuating the building and several others within a two or three block radius as a precaution. The helicopter was an Augusta A109-E aircraft. The building shook as the helicopter crashed, but the people stayed calm as officials evacuated it. Some thought it was an “earthquake” according to CBS New York.
FDNY put out the fire, as well as mopped up the fuel leak from the crash.
The helicopter belonged to a realty company, according to reports. It is unclear why the pilot was attempting to fly in inclement weather. The two mile three thousand foot radius of Midtown Manhattan around Trump Tower is under flight restrictions, i.e. “no fly zone.” There are also restrictions for helicopters during severe weather, as New York was experiencing on Friday.
Officials have said the pilot should be commended for picking the spot he did to crash. Although he lost his life, they generally understood that had he crash-landed on the busy streets below, there would have been many more casualties.
New York helicopter crash: Pilot dead as chopper comes down on 54-storey building— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) June 10, 2019
The helicopter is thought to have crash landed on the roof of the AXA Equitable Center on Seventh Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan pic.twitter.com/mad32kjemE
Featured photo: screenshot via CBS New York live