A pilot was once killed Monday all through a helicopter crash-landing atop the high-rise AXA Equitable construction in midtown New york. The crash, which passed off at roughly 2 p.m. native time, led to a hearth and taken many emergency responders to the scene.
The fireplace has since been extinguished and the New York Fireplace Division is continuous to reply to gasoline leaking from the helicopter, division officers confirmed.
The pilot is assumed to had been the only real individual aboard the airplane, New York officers advised The Associated Press.
The helicopter departed from the heliport at the East River at 34th Boulevard at 1:32 p.m., Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill advised the New York Times. It stays unclear what led to the helicopter to crash.
In a press convention from the scene, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) stated there is not any indication this was once anything else greater than an emergency touchdown.
“In case you’re a New Yorker, you’ll have a degree of PTSD,” he stated, regarding the Sept. 11 assaults at the International Business Heart. “I keep in mind that morning all too smartly, in order quickly as you listen an airplane hit a construction, I believe my thoughts is going the place each and every New Yorker’s is going.”
“At this level, there is not any indication that that’s the case,” he persevered. “The one indication was once a helicopter needed to do an emergency or onerous touchdown or crashed onto the rooftop of the construction, inflicting a hearth.”
Steven Gartner, who was once at the 42nd flooring of the construction all through the crash, advised ABC News he heard “a buzz and a bang after which all of the construction shook.”
The construction was once evacuated in a while after the crash, in step with the AP.
President Donald Trump showed on Twitter that he have been briefed at the crash and that his management was once in a position to offer reinforce.
I’ve been briefed at the helicopter crash in New York Town. Extra special task by way of our GREAT First Responders who’re lately at the scene. THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365! The Trump Management stands in a position must you want anything else in any respect.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2019
Movies posted on Twitter by way of within sight civilians confirmed a variety of emergency cars within the house, however they didn’t display any transparent injury to the construction.