1 Dead in Manhattan Helicopter Crash: Officials

June 10, 2019

One person is dead after a helicopter crashed into a high-rise New York building near Midtown Manhattan on Monday afternoon.

The crash, which occurred Monday about 2 p.m., killed the pilot, New York Fire Department officials said. 

The incident occurred near 51st Street and Seventh Avenue. Officials said there doesn't appear to be a terrorism threat, the Associated Press reported. 

In a tweet, the New York Police Department said a helicopter "hard landing" occurred on the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue. 

Videos shared on social media reveal law enforcement vehicles outside of the building.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to the scene and said a fire started when the aircraft made contact with the building. The fire department said the fire has been extinguished.

The helicopter, an Agusta A109E, wasn't handled by FAA air traffic controllers. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause. 

In a statement, the FAA said a preliminary investigation revealed only the pilot was on board. 

Traffic is closed from 42 to 57th streets and between 8th Avenue and 6th Avenue, police said.

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