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Helicopter crash-lands on roof of Manhattan building, pilot killed

Mist and smoke covered the top of a building near 51st Street and 7th Avenue Monday in New York where a helicopter was reported to have crash landed

Footage emerged on Twitter of the building being evacuated after the crash.

No one in the building or on the ground was injured.

Emergency responders are on scene.

BNO News tweeted video footage of what it said showed the helicopter flying "erratically" shortly before it crashed.

The landing sparked a fire which is now under control, Cuomo said. The mayor said the cause was unknown but that there was no indication that the crash was an "act of terrorism".

The building shook from the impact, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, adding that the city was still suffering from post-traumatic stress after the 9/11 terror attack. 'As soon as you hear an aircraft hit a a building, my mind goes where the mind of every New Yorker goes'.

FDNY is making its way to the top of the building.

Manhattan has only three approved heliports after they were banned in New York City in 1977 after a rotor blade snapped on a helicopter on top of the former Pan Am building, killing five people.

The incident took place at around 2pm local time at 787 7th Ave, a 54-storey building located between West 51st and West 52nd streets, at the north end of Times Square.

The evacuation was not chaotic, Rodriguez said, but he was rattled because he immediately thought of the September 11 attacks.

A policeman and fire trucks near the scene of the helicopter crash-landing in midtown Manhattan, New York.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records show that McCormack has 15 years of experience flying helicopters and single-engine airplanes, and was certified as a flight instructor last year.

"McCormick is an experienced pilot and very well respected in the aircraft community", said Paul Dudley, airport manager in Linden, New Jersey, where the helicopter flew out of.

Police and fire officials work at the crash site of a New York Airways helicopter crash atop Pan American building in New York.

"It was pretty much like an explosion going off in your cockpit, a little bit of a pandemonium kind of thing, you know, you have to gather yourself and we headed over to 30th street, McCormack told ABC 7 NY at the time".

The pilot, identified as Tim McCormick, was the only person aboard the helicopter.

In 2016, bowing to complaints about noise and air pollution, the city reached a deal with Manhattan's helicopter sightseeing tour operators to cut the number of their flights by half.

US Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, who represents the area in Congress, said the building at 787 Seventh Ave. was not equipped with a helipad.