The Washington Post
1 killed in copter crash into Manhattan roof
A helicopter crashed into the roof of a Manhattan building Monday afternoon, killing the pilot, in what officials said was an attempt at an emergency landing. There were no other injuries or deaths, officials said.
The crash at the building on Seventh Avenue, a few blocks south of Central Park, occurred about 1:45 p.m. The aircraft was initially described as a plane, a fire department spokesman said.
American Continental Properties , the real estate company that used the helicopter, identified the pilot as Tim McCormack, 58, of Clinton Corners, N.Y., the Associated Press reported.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) told reporters that there was no indication of the crash being intentional.
In a statement, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) reiterated the crash did not appear to be a terrorist act.
Videos posed on social media showed smoke from the crash emanating from the roof of the 54-story building at 787 Seventh Ave. between 51st and 52nd streets.
The Federal Aviation Administration said that the helicopter was an Agusta A109E. Police say they haven’t determined where the helicopter was headed when it took off from the 34th Street heliport about 1:32 p.m. Visibility was low at ground level, down to just over a mile at 2 p.m.; 10 miles is considered full visibility.