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One dead after helicopter crashes on to Manhattan skyscraper


The twin-engine, lightweight Agusta A190E was also in restricted airspace, where aircraft are forbidden from flying below 3,000ft (914 meters) within a one-mile radius of Trump Tower.



The tower is just a few blocks from the site of the crash.

Authorities say the helicopter had taken off from a pad on Manhattan's east side at 1.32pm local time and had crashed on the skyscraper just 11 minutes later.

The pilot has been named as Tim McCormack, who worked for Daniele Bodini, founder of the real estate firm American Continental Properties Group.

He had been intending to land at Linden Airport in New Jersey, according to Paul Dudley, the airport's director.

Mr Dudley said: "Tim McCormack is a well-respected, highly trained veteran pilot who also had tremendous local knowledge, having flown in this area for many years.

"We're all saddened and shocked."

No other injuries were reported.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived at the scene shortly after the incident and offered reassurances to those who were reminded of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

"If you're a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD from 9/11," he said.

"I remember that morning all too well. So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building I think my mind goes where every New Yorker's mind goes." But, he added, there were no suggestions of a terror attack.

Donald Trump, who said he had been briefed, praised the "phenomenal job" carried out by emergency services, and those still at the scene.

In a further statement, the US president described the crash as a "big tragedy" and a "very, very sad event".

He added: "The federal people are working with the city and state people and they'll have a full report very soon."

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