The Fire Department of New York has confirmed that a chopper hit a skyscraper on 7th Avenue in Manhattan.
The building has been identified as the AXA Equitable Center, in close proximity to the Empire State Building and Times Square.
According to the fire department, the helicopter had attempted an emergency landing. The department confirmed on their Twitter account that one person died after the incident.
All personnel in the building were evacuated after the crash.
Donald Trump congratulated the rescue teams at the scene for their efforts and offered further support :
“The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all.”
An anonymous witness to the incident spoke to ABC news about the smell of smoke in the building.
“You could smell the smoke coming down from the upper floor and it smelled like burning construction material.When we got to the first floor… that was when we were told ‘everybody get out now’.
Nathan Hutton, working for the French bank BNP Paribas located on the 29th floor of the skyscraper stated: “It felt like you were just standing there, and someone takes their hand and just shoves you. You felt it through the whole building.”
An umbrella seller named Melvin Douglas said: “I didn’t see it, but I felt it. Smoke was on top of the building.”
the Federal Aviation Administration stated that the helicopter’s model has been identified as an Agusta A109E, with the registration number of the helicopter to be released after confirmation of the pilot’s name. the National Transport Safety Board will initiate an investigation into the incident.