BREAKING: Helicopter Crashes Into High Rise In Times Square
New York, NY – Emergency crews have responded to a helicopter crash in midtown Manhattan on Monday afternoon.
The incident occurred at about 2 p.m. on June 10 in the 700-block of 7th Avenue near 51st Street, WABC reported.
The New York Fire Department (FDNY) said the helicopter had crash-landed into a building and started a fire.
Seventh Avenue has been shut down between 51st and 52nd Streets and police have set up a perimeter as a precaution and to allow fire crews’ unfettered access to the crash site, WABC reported.
The helicopter came down on top of the roof of a 54-story building located at the north end of Times Square, CNBC reported.
Tenants of the building, known as the Axa Equitable Center, include BNP Paribas, Citibank, and international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
“I saw people running out,” Laura Esquival, a hostess at Ruth’s Chris Steak House across the street from the burning building, told CNBC. “They were escorting everyone out.”
At least one injury in the building had been reported thus far, but a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department (NYPD) said it was too early to know how many injuries have resulted from the crash, CNBC reported.
WABC reported that one person was dead, but that person was in the helicopter and may have been the pilot.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived at the crash scene and told reporters there was no indication the crash was a terrorist act, WABC reported.
The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement that they were investigating.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was en route to the crash scene, WABC reported.
Multiple buildings nearby the crash scene have been evacuated as a precaution.
The area over midtown where the crash occurred is inside a no-fly zone that was established around Trump Plaza in 2016.
Preliminary reports said that the helicopter was in trouble and the pilot was trying to land on the nearest flat surface, WABC reported.
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