Helicopter Crashes Into NYC High-Rise, Causes Two-Alarm Fire

Sadly, the pilot died in the accident, according to reports.

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On Monday afternoon, a helicopter crashed into a high-rise building in midtown Manhattan. According to reports, the chopper made a sudden landing on the roof of AXA Equitable Center, a 54-story office building on Seventh Avenue and West 49th Street, causing a two-alarm fire and one fatality.

The New York Fire Department (FDNY) says the helicopter’s pilot has died in the accident, according to the Associated Press. The pilot appeared to be the only passenger on board.

The FDNY extinguished the fire within 30 minutes, per NBC 4 New York. Though the flames were contained, the employees of the tower, which is near Times Square and Rockefeller Center, still evacuated it, according to eye-witness reports.

Breaking News: A helicopter crash lands into the roof of a Midtown Manhattan building.
Roof not equipped with landing pad. One person injured. @CBSLA #KCAL9 #HelicopterCrash pic..com/BBi7uvLrYQ

— Juan Fernandez (@NewsJuan) June 10, 2019

Additionally, several roads near the building, including West 51st and 52nd streets, are currently closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, per the New York Police Department (NYPD).

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was in the area at the time of the crash, did not suspect foul play. “The only indication was a helicopter had to do an emergency or a hard landing, or crashed onto the rooftop of a building,” Cuomo told reporters, via ABC News. “There’s no indication of anything more than that.”

This is the latest helicopter crash in New York City this year. Back in May, an "Uber for helicopters" crashed into the Hudson River. Fortunately, there were no fatalities.

This is an updating story.

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