A pilot was killed after his helicopter made what has been described as a “hard landing” on top of the roof of a skyscraper on 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
787 7th ave, #midtown NYC. We’re 1 block south. 20 mins ago there was a loud sound like a too-low #helicopter & I looked up and saw sheet of flame on roof and then smoke. News reports saying helicopter/small plane crash onto roof which would be consistent with what I heard/saw. pic.twitter.com/swY3ksLskH
— Lance Koonce (@LHKoonce) June 10, 2019
A separate video purports to show the helicopter flying erratically before it crashed onto the top of the 54-story building.
DEVELOPING: helicopter crashed into a building in Midtown Manhattan at 51st and 7th. Here is footage of the helicopter flying erratically before the crash (via @ThingsWendySees) pic.twitter.com/zCowdKvKuL
— Cooper Lawrence (@CooperLawrence) June 10, 2019
A fire that broke out after the crash has been extinguished, but firefighters are still on the scene.
WATCH: Firefighters and emergency personnel are seen on the ground after a helicopter crashed into a Midtown Manhattan building, leaving at least one person dead. https://t.co/46QBswAJRg pic.twitter.com/UwmFI9MQ5b
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 10, 2019
Authorities are urging everyone to stay away from the area while rescue crews work the scene.
President Trump tweeted that he had been briefed on the crash. He also tweeted out a message of support for the local authorities.
I have been briefed on the helicopter crash in New York City. Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are currently on the scene. THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365! The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2019
Although the crash and the scene surrounding the building evokes memories of 9/11, the crash does not appear to be the result of terrorism.
It is not yet known why the pilot crashed, but the current nasty weather in New York City may have been a contributing factor.
— Tyi Wells (@SavvyVoice) June 10, 2019
This is a developing story. We’ll bring you updates as they happen.