Governor Cuomo said after preliminary reports: "There was a helicopter that made a forced landing, emergency landing, or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another", he told reporters at the scene.
Speaking about the incident, New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Lt Adrienne Walsh, whose unit was first-due on the scene of the crash, stated: "We went to the 51st floor and took stairs to the roof".
Around 40 minutes after the crash, the city fire department said one person was killed in the crash.
A helicopter pilot is dead after crashing onto the roof of a New York City skyscraper Monday afternoon.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that there was no indication of the crash being intentional. 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. "In converse soon as you hear an aircraft hit a constructing, I have my thoughts goes the attach every Recent Yorker's thoughts goes", Cuomo talked about. The only indication was a helicopter had to do an emergency or a hard landing, or crashed onto the rooftop of the building, causing a fire. As footage showed authorities blocking off roads and fire trucks and police vehicles surrounding the building, police urged the public to avoid the area "due to an ongoing police investigation".
The Federal Aviation Administration said that the helicopter was an Agusta A109E.
The constructing that the helicopter hit does no longer dangle a helipad.
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.
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McCormack had flown for the company for five years and had obtained certification as a flight instructor in 2018. Dudley said he believes the helicopter must have had a mechanical problem and that McCormick was trying to land on top of the building to spare the people on the ground.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.
The building the helicopter crashed in to, and many others nearby, were evacuated.
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Almost five years ago, in October 2014, McCormack was flying a different helicopter over the Hudson River with six tourists on board when a bird struck and broke part of the windshield, according to CNN affiliate WABC.