A helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a midtown Manhattan building today, sparking a fire and killing one person believed to be the pilot, New York City officials said.
We’re wrapping up our live coverage, but keep reading CNN for more details about today’s crash.
Here’s what we know about the crash:
- What happened: The helicopter took off from the 34th Street heliport at about 1:32 p.m., NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said. It crashed on the roof of 787 Seventh Ave. about 11 minutes later.
- The pilot was killed: The deceased pilot has been identified as Tim McCormack, according to law enforcement sources. His family has been notified, according to one source. Preliminary information is that only the pilot was on board the Agusta A109E helicopter when it crashed on the roof of the building, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.
- It was raining: At the time of the incident, moderate to heavy rain was falling in the city and visibility at Central Park was down to 1.25 miles. Winds were from the east at 9 mph. Based on interviews the NYPD conducted at the 34th Street heliport on Manhattan’s east side, the pilot was waiting out the weather but for some reason decided it was okay to go, another law enforcement source told CNN.
- Not an act of terror: Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no indication that the crash was an act of terror, and he said there were no injuries to anyone in the building or on the ground.
- What President Trump said: Trump tweeted that he had been briefed on the crash. “Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are currently on the scene. THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365! The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all,” he tweeted.