Helicopter crashes into New York skyscraper, killing pilot

New York, June 11 : A helicopter crashed into the roof of a Manhattan building Monday afternoon, killing the pilot, in what officials said was an attempt at an emergency landing.

There were no other injuries or deaths.
The pilot had reported a problem and said he wanted to return to the heliport he had taken off from minutes earlier.

The helicopter instead slammed into the roof of the building at 787 Seventh Avenue about 1:45pm Monday in fog and rain, 11 minutes after taking off from a heliport on the East River bound for New Jersey. The city’s fire department identified the pilot as Tim McCormack. He was the only person aboard

Mayor Bill de Blasio said it “could have been a much worse incident”.

President Donald Trump said he had been informed about the accident, later telling reporters “It’s a big tragedy … a very sad event.”

In a statement, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated the crash did not appear to be a terrorist act. He added there was no ongoing threat to the city following the “absolutely shocking, stunning incident.”

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