UPDATE (1730ET): New pictures have been released of the scene of the crash.
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UPDATE (1545ET): Some reports that the helicopter was on its way for a sightseeing tour of the Statue of Liberty (however, we note that the building it crashed into is a few miles north of the statue)...
BREAKING / NBC News: Three senior law enforcement officials say the helicopter took off from the 34th street heliport en route to or to fly by the Statue of Liberty when it encountered a problem, believed to be mechanical, and landed on the building.— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) June 10, 2019
Reported w/ @jonathan4ny
Unconfirmed reports claim this is footage of the helicopter moments before the crash...
Footage of the Helicopter moments before it crashed into the top of the building in midtown earlier this afternoon. #helicopter #WORTONIGHT #midtownmanhattan #51ststreet Video credit @ThingsWendySees pic.twitter.com/uXfcA9Qfj2— WOR NewsTalk Radio (@710WOR) June 10, 2019
The first few seconds show a very sudden and steep descent...
Low visibility in New York City Monday due to nearby thunderstorms may also have contributed to the crash.
The FAA reports weather caused a complete ground-stop at Newark and LaGuardia airports.
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UPDATE (1455ET): President Trump has been briefed:
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
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UPDATE (1423ET): FDNY confirms one fatality, presumably the pilot.
#FDNY members remain on scene at 787 7th Ave in Manhattan, helicopter crash into building. The fire has been extinguished. There is currently one fatality reported.— FDNY (@FDNY) June 10, 2019
The victim’s body remains inside the mangled wreckage of the chopper, which burst into flames but was quickly extinguished by firefighters, FDNY sources said. The victim appears to be the pilot, NYPD sources said, and the FAA said preliminary information indicated that “only the pilot was aboard.”
Via NYPD, "There was a helicopter hard landing on the roof of 787 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Fire has been extinguished. Please continue to avoid the area."
.@NYGovCuomo: "If you are a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD from 9/11. As soon as you hear an aircraft hit a a building, my mind goes where the mind of every New Yorker goes."— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 10, 2019
He says there is "no indication" the crash was intentional. pic.twitter.com/t1elFQUiGj
The chopper is an Agusta 109E that was not being handled by air traffic controllers, the FAA said. The Agusta 109E is a two-engine model that can carry two crew members and as many as seven passengers, according to the online GlobalAir aviation marketplace.
Governor Cuomo confirms there are casualties involved.
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Less than a month after a helicopter crashed into the Hudson River, NYPD reports that a helicopter has crashed into a high-rise building on 5th Avenue at 50th Street in Manhattan.
ADVISORY: Please avoid the area of West 51st and 7th Ave due to an ongoing police investigation. Expect an emergency vehicles and traffic in the area. Update to follow. pic.twitter.com/13gYd1hHI9— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 10, 2019
There is no landing pad on top of the building, officials said, and it was unclear why the pilot tried to land there.
Traffic is being diverted...
The building appears to be on fire...
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
The location is an extremely busy area of midtown Manhattan.
Zach Escalante, a computer programmer who works on the third floor, said, “We felt the building move.”
“It felt like something hit or impacted the building,” he said.
The building is being evacuated.
Very heavy NYFD and NYPD presence.
Gov Cuomo is on the scene...