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Helicopter crashes onto NY building roof

13 June 2019, 12:28 | Glen Norman

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NY governor Andrew Cuomo said he had flashbacks to 9/11 on Monday as he spoke to reporters about the helicopter crash that sparked chaos in Midtown Manhattan.

The crash at the building on Seventh Avenue, a few blocks south of Central Park, occurred around 1:45 p.m.

The pilot was the only person aboard the helicopter at the time of the incident, Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Kathleen Bergen told CNN.

Cuomo said it's not yet clear what caused the helicopter to crash-land on the building.

Speaking at a news briefing just after the crash, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that there is "no indication" that the incident was intentional.

During a press conference, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also stressed that it appeared to be an accident.

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The pilot who died after his helicopter crashed into a Manhattan building is being remembered by his former fellow volunteer firefighters.

"Fire has been extinguished", the NYPD tweet said, adding that people should avoid the area between West 51st Street and 7th Avenue.

The pilot has been named by local media as Tim McCormack.

"At the same time as you are a Recent Yorker, you have a stage of PTSD, perfect, from 9/11".

McCormack worked for Daniele Bodini, founder of the real estate firm American Continental Properties Group, Dudley said. "There may have been casualties involved in people in the helicopter", Cuomo, who was at the crash site, said in a statement to reporters. "We don't know what caused the helicopter to land on top of the building but the people in the building itself, nobody has been hurt".

Thousands of workers at the building were immediately evacuated, while fire fighters took the elevator up 54 floors to extinguish the fire.

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"The building shook", a man who said he worked on the 38th floor told CBS New York. "It sounded like a small engine plane at first then I just felt the building shake", he said.

McCormack was formerly a volunteer fire chief for the East Clinton Fire District. "Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are now on the scene", Trump said on Twitter after being briefed on the crash.

The skyscraper is managed by Los Angeles-based CommonWealth Partners.

"We are pretty shocked we hope everyone is OK and safe", said Ron Magee, 55, a real estate agent on vacation from Las Vegas with his family.

The FDNY confirmed on Twitter that they were operating at the scene in Manhattan following a crash landing.

FAA spokesman Kathleen Bergen declined to say whether the helicopter that crashed was flying below 1,100 and whether it was following the East River corridor, or whether additional restrictions might apply in low visibility, saying those issues remained under investigation.

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