NTSB investigating deadly helicopter crash landing on Manhattan skyscraper

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2019

A helicopter crashed onto the fog-shrouded roof of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper on Monday, killing the pilot and unnerving a city still scarred by memories of the Sept 11, 2001, airplane attacks on the World Trade Centre. The incident led federal authorities to announce such "doors off" flights would be prohibited unless passengers had quick-release restraints.

There had been some apprehensive moments as workers had been evacuated and bumped actual into a traffic congestion on the stairwell, she mentioned.

In the building was injured, according to the Governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, however, no one. "There is no danger of any kind to New Yorkers at this point".

McCormack, who had qualified as a Rotorcraft flight instructor previous year, had been certified, in 2004, to fly helicopters and single-engine airplanes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records. "So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker's mind goes". No injuries, either to people in the building or on the ground, have been reported, he said. And I bear in mind that morning all too successfully.

US President Donald Trump was briefed on the crash.

The AXA Equitable Center was built in 1985 and includes more than 50 floors.

Lance Koonce was one block away from 787 Seventh Avenue when he heard something that sounded like a helicopter flying very low.

"And I want to just say, thank God for that".

"It was pretty much like an explosion going off in your cockpit, a little bit of a pandemonium kind of thing, you know, you have to gather yourself and we headed over to 30th street, McCormack told ABC 7 NY at the time". "We arrived on the scene within five minutes, and most of the fire was extinguished within a half hour".

He may have been heading back to the helicopter's home base in Linden, New Jersey after dropping off his boss in Manhattan, Commissioner O'Neill added.

The city's top police officer said the aircraft's reason for flying in such poor weather would be "part of the investigation".

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that there is "no ongoing threat to New York City", and that the crash shows "no indication that there was any terror nexus here".

It was also unclear if the helicopter had permission to be in the area, which is covered by a flight restriction that prohibits aircraft from operating below 3,000 feet within a 1-mile radius of Trump Tower.

The National Transportation Safety Board was sending an investigator.

The helicopter reportedly came down 11 minutes after leaving a heliport about three kilometers from the site.

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