sunny.png
Thursday October 17th, 2019 1:56PM

Helicopter crashes into roof of NYC skyscraper; pilot killed

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — A helicopter crash-landed on the roof a midtown Manhattan skyscraper Monday, killing the pilot, authorities said.

The crash happened at around 2 p.m. in a steady rain and clouds that obscured the roof of the 750-foot (229-meter) AXA Equitable building.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who spoke to reporters at the scene about 20 minutes after the crash, said the impact shook the building and caused a fire, but it was under control and there were no other reports of injuries.

The crash, close to both Rockefeller Center and Times Square, sent rescue vehicles swarming to the building and immediately evoked memories of the Sept. 11 attacks, though officials said there were no indications it was related to terrorism.

"If you're a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11. And I remember that morning all too well. So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker's mind goes," Cuomo said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it would investigate. It was not immediately known what type of helicopter was involved. New York officials said the pilot was believed to be the only one aboard.

Videos posted by onlookers showed emergency vehicles in the street, but no obvious damage to the skyscraper.

Pedro Rodriguez, a pastry line cook at Le Bernardin, a well-known restaurant in the building, said workers got an announcement telling everyone to exit, and he later heard from people around him that there was a fire on the roof. The evacuation wasn't chaotic, Rodriguez said, but he was rattled because he immediately thought of the Sept. 11 attacks.

"It's scary when something like this happens," he said.

Alex Jacobs was working on the seventh floor when he heard bells and an announcement to evacuate. He and his colleagues — who hadn't heard or felt an impact — used stairs to a fire exit. "It's really unfortunate. I Just hope everyone's OK," he said.

New York City has a history of both minor and major helicopter wrecks and crash landings.

Last month, a helicopter crash landed in the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport. The pilot escaped mostly unscathed.

Five people died when a sightseeing helicopter crashed into the East River last year. Three people died in another crash into the same river in 2011. Nine people died in a collision between a sightseeing helicopter and a small plane in 2009, not far from the scene of Monday's mishap.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, Top General short headlines
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ex-Boston slugger David Ortiz shot at Dominican Republic bar
A spokesman for David Ortiz says the former Boston Red Sox slugger is in stable condition in intensive care as he recovers from a shooting at a bar in his native Dominican Republic
3:01PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Helicopter crashes into roof of NYC skyscraper; pilot killed
The New York City Fire Department says the pilot of a helicopter that crashed on a Manhattan skyscraper rooftop has died
3:00PM ( 7 minutes ago )
How Kimbrel, Keuchel can help their new teams
Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel finally have jobs, and each also has a chance to affect the playoff race in the National League
3:00PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Justice agrees to release key Mueller evidence to Congress
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has agreed to turn over some of the underlying evidence from special counsel Robert Mueller's report
2:27PM ( 40 minutes ago )
Stern words from Iran: US cannot 'expect to stay safe'
Iran's foreign minister warns US it 'cannot expect to stay safe' after launching 'economic war' against Tehran
2:16PM ( 51 minutes ago )
California man guilty of killing family of 4 found in desert
A jury has convicted a Southern California man of killing a family of four and burying their bodies in the desert
2:15PM ( 52 minutes ago )
AP National News
Top Iran diplomat warns US it cannot 'expect to stay safe'
Iran's foreign minister warns US it 'cannot expect to stay safe' after launching 'economic war' against Tehran
1:15PM ( 1 hour ago )
APNewsBreak: Naval War College head reassigned pending probe
The Navy says the president of the U.S. Naval War College has been reassigned pending the outcome of an inspector general investigation
1:11PM ( 1 hour ago )
Officials say 95 dead in new ethnic massacre in central Mali
Officials say 95 dead, 19 missing in new ethnic massacre in central Mali over extremism fears
12:55PM ( 2 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Ex-Boston slugger David Ortiz shot at Dominican Republic bar
A spokesman for David Ortiz says the former Boston Red Sox slugger is in stable condition in intensive care as he recovers from a shooting at a bar in his native Dominican Republic
3:01PM ( 6 minutes ago )
How Kimbrel, Keuchel can help their new teams
Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel finally have jobs, and each also has a chance to affect the playoff race in the National League
3:00PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Brother's death steered Kim Goldman toward life of service
Twenty-five years after O.J. Simpson was acquitted of killing her brother, Kim Goldman works with troubled teens, advocates for crime victims and continues to try to hold Simpson accountable.
2:57PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Ex-Virginia attorney general named to US immigration post
Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, has been named acting director of the agency that manages legal immigration
2:50PM ( 17 minutes ago )
US Supreme Court will hear Montana arsenic cleanup case
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether residents of two Montana communities can continue with their decade-long effort to get the Atlantic Richfield Co. to pay for a more thorough cleanup of arsenic after a century of copper smelting
2:45PM ( 22 minutes ago )