Helicopter crashes on 54-storey New York tower, starts fire

The helicopter was owned by founder and chairman of American Continental Properties Group, Daniele Bodini

Daniele Bodini's helicopter crashed in NYC.
Reuters / Brendan McDermid
Daniele Bodini's helicopter crashed in NYC.

A helicopter owned by founder and chairman of American Continental Properties Group, Daniele Bodini, crashed on a 54-floor office building in Manhattan, New York, eventually starting a fire as well. 

UAE news agency, Wam, reported that the city mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said that there was no indication that the helicopter crash was related to terror.

Officials added that the helicopter was only in the air for about 11 minutes, confirming that the pilot died in the incident.

A Reuters report revealed that the AgustaWestland A109E crashed on the city’s Axa Equitable Centre, which is few blocks away from Times Square and nearly 804.7m away from American President Donald Trump’s 58-floor Trump Tower.

Wam reported that while addressing a news conference, police commissioner of New York City, James O'Neill, said: "The helicopter took off at the 34th Street heliport and about 11 minutes later crashed across the street from where we are now."

Several New York City agencies were working to understand why the helicopter was in the area, and what went wrong.

A statement released by the Federal Aviation Administration on their Twitter handle stated that FAA air traffic controllers did not handle the flight, adding that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been in charge of the investigation and would determine the probable cause of the incident.

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