A fatal helicopter crash in Midtown Manhattan Monday claimed the life of the pilot and disrupted traffic, but doesn't appear to be anything more than an accident, according to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"There is no nexus to terror," de Blasio said at a briefing on the incident, adding that "There is no ongoing threat," to the city.
The Mayor held a press conference detailing the crash into AXA Equitable Building, located at 787 7th avenue.
We have an update on the helicopter accident in midtown. https://t.co/BDgsNr7MzD— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 10, 2019
The building houses a number of financial firms including Stifel, BNP Paribas, New Mountain Capital, UBS and Citigroup.
The pilot was confirmed dead.
The scene in midtown was chaotic as police and firefighters blocked streets for the investigation and crowds gathered seeking the the best vantage point.
TheStreet's Katherine Ross caught up with a UBS employee as he shared the harrowing moments with the helicopter crash-landed.
"We felt a jolt around 1:15 P.M. or thereabouts. I thought it was [just a truck on the road] passing and shaking building, but my team members were like, 'no, this is something more serious," said J. Waugh, a witness who declined to give his full first name. Waugh told TheStreet that he was located in the annex to the building, which is connected by a bridge to the main building. He and his team were located on he sixth floor at the time of the crash.
Mr. Waugh recounted speaking to another witness, who was located around the 30th floor, who told him that she had felt a shake when the crash happened.
Mr. Waugh said that he and his team were evacuated shortly before 2 P.M.
787 7th ave, #midtown NYC. We're 1 block south. 20 mins ago there was a loud sound like a too-low #helicopter & I looked up and saw sheet of flame on roof and then smoke. News reports saying helicopter/small plane crash onto roof which would be consistent with what I heard/saw. pic.twitter.com/swY3ksLskH— Lance Koonce (@LHKoonce) June 10, 2019