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Helicopter crashes into New York City building with pilot dead

A helicopter crash-landed on top of a building in New York City on Monday, officials said, killing at least one person. The pilot is said to have died.

The city’s fire department said its staff were operating on the scene at 787 7th Ave in midtown Manhattan.

At least one person on board the helicopter has been injured in the incident but that no one in the building had been hurt.

Andrew Cuomo, the New York governor, is on the scene. He said: “The helicopter landed on the roof of the building, which caused a fire. It was not a routine landing.”

“There may have been casualties involved but right now we believe the fire is under control,” he said. “We don’t know what caused the helicopter to land on top of the building. This is all very preliminary and the fire department is just in the midst of responding right now”.

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ADVISORY: Please avoid the area of West 51st and 7th Ave due to an ongoing police investigation. Expect an emergency vehicles and traffic in the area. Update to follow.

He added: “If you are a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD from 9/11. That’s immediately where your mind goes. But there is no indication at the moment of anything more than that. This is only preliminary, and it evolves all the time, but that’s what we know.”

It is possible the poor weather in the city, which is experiencing heavy rain, played a role. Several airports in the region are currently experiencing delays due to visibility issues.

-TheTelegraph

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