Manhattan Helicopter Crash, 1 Dead

By Faye Higbee

A Manhattan helicopter crash on Monday at around 2 p.m. left the pilot dead, but no other fatalities. The pilot attempted to make a hard landing on the roof of a 54 story high rise in Midtown in Manhattan, New York City at 787 7th Avenue (Fox). The pilot had radioed in that he was in trouble prior to the crash, according to CBS. A fire broke out due to the event, which was quickly extinguished by the FDNY.

The FDNY and NYPD began evacuating the building and several others within a two or three block radius as a precaution. The helicopter was an Augusta A109-E aircraft. The building shook as the helicopter crashed, but the people stayed calm as officials evacuated it. Some thought it was an “earthquake” according to CBS New York.

FDNY put out the fire, as well as mopped up the fuel leak from the crash.

The helicopter belonged to a realty company, according to reports. It is unclear why the pilot was attempting to fly in inclement weather. The two mile three thousand foot radius of Midtown Manhattan around Trump Tower is under flight restrictions, i.e. “no fly zone.” There are also restrictions for helicopters during severe weather, as New York was experiencing on Friday.

Officials have said the pilot should be commended for picking the spot he did to crash. Although he lost his life, they generally understood that had he crash-landed on the busy streets below, there would have been many more casualties.

Featured photo: screenshot via CBS New York live