One dead after copter crash lands on Manhattan rooftop


One person died when a helicopter crashed onto the roof of a Midtown Manhattan building in a hard landing on Monday, according to police and fire officials.

The fire has since been extinguished, the New York Police Department said.

“People who were in the building said they felt the building shake,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters.

The building is located on 7th Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets, according to the New York City Fire Department.

The crash is believed to be an accident; there’s no indication of terrorism, a senior official with the Federal Aviation Administration told ABC News.

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Shauna Farrell was in a meeting on the 36th floor of the building when she said she felt the crash, prompting herself and others on the floor to get out of the building.

“We ran down. I think we were the first floor to evacuate, actually, because we felt it so quickly,” Farrell told ABC News.

“There was already FDNY on the scene. We were kind of just running away from the building as quickly as we could,” she said.

The crash comes on a rainy New York afternoon; both Newark and LaGuardia Airports are in a ground stop due to visibility and thunderstorms, according to the FAA.

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