Helicopter Crashes and Explodes Atop AXA Equitable Life Insurance Building in New York City

Helicopter Crashes and Explodes Atop AXA Equitable Life Insurance Building in New York City
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One person was killed in a helicopter crash on a building in Midtown Manhattan on Monday afternoon.

The incident was reported at the AXA Equitable Center in the 700 block of 7th Avenue near 51st Street around 2 p.m.

 The FDNY said the chopper crash-landed onto the building which resulted in a fire on the roof.

A senior FAA official told ABC News this is believed to be an accident and the helicopter lost contact with the LGA tower. Preliminary information from law enforcement sources is the helicopter was in trouble and tried to land at the nearest flat spot.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to the scene and said there is no indication of terrorism.  (It is suspected the Governor then went on his way to make certain no Abortions were disrupted by the event . . .)

The FDNY said the person killed in the incident was the pilot of the helicopter. It does not appear anyone inside the building was injured.

The FAA released the following statement:

"An Agusta A109E helicopter crashed on the roof of 787 Seventh Ave. in New York at around 1:45 p.m. today. Preliminary information is that only the pilot was aboard. FAA air traffic controllers did not handle the flight. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will determine probable cause of the accident. We will release the aircraft registration after NYC officials will release the pilot's name."

At the time of the incident, Newark airport and LaGuardia airport were both at a ground-stop due to poor visibility and thunderstorms, according to the FAA.

Helicopter rooftop landing pads were banned after a fatal copter crash in May 1977 on the roof of the Pan Am Building (now MetLife) in Midtown. Five people were killed in that rooftop crash.


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