One dead in helicopter crash on roof of Midtown Manhattan building

Monday, June 1o, 2019 – NYC

By APB Staff Writer

A helicopter crashed onto the roof of a Manhattan building Monday afternoon, killing the pilot, in what the FDNY said was an attempt at an emergency landing. There were no other injuries or deaths.

The crash at the building on Seventh Avenue, at 52nd Street, occurred about 1:45 p.m – at first thought to be an airplane and then quickly updated to small helicopter used for transporting executives.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) told reporters gathered on the street that there was no indication of the crash being intentional.

“If you’re a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11,” he said. “So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes.”

President Trump said he had been informed about the accident, later telling reporters “It’s a big tragedy … a very sad event.”

The helicopter seemed to lose control battling the heavy rain and fog after departing the an East side helipad heading for its base in New Jersey.