Pilot dies in copter crash atop Manhattan building

A pilot died when a company helicopter used for executive travel crash-landed in rainy and foggy weather on the roof of a building on 7th Avenue in New York on Monday afternoon, the city’s fire department said.

No one inside the building housing offices was injured as emergency responders put out the fire and stopped a fuel leak caused by the chopper crash. All the employees were evacuated from the building as a precautionary measure.

The accident occurred minutes after pilot Tim McCormack dropped off his boss at the 34th Street heliport on the east side of Manhattan, New York Post said.

Some 11 minutes after take-off from the heliport, the chopper crash-landed around 1.45pm on the roof of the 51-storey AXA Equitable Center, above (Photo Credit: AXA Equitable) located not far from Times Square and Central Park, police said.

AXA Equitable Centerdoes not have a helipad.

Before the crash, McCormack contacted the West 30th Street heliport to say he needed to land there as the helicopter was experiencing some problem, Post said, citing sources. McCormack could not land as he probably lost way in the fog.

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo and city mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was not in any way related to terrorism.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the accident.

The chopper was registered to Continental Properties Inc.