It happened at around 1:43 p.m., according to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
The helicopter was flying in restricted air space and in rain and fog when it crashed.
The pilot, identified as Tim McCormack, was killed. The East Clinton, New York, Volunteer Fire Department said he served as chief there for 10 years. Before joining the East Clinton VFD, he was a member of the LaGrange Fire Department. With 15 years of experience flying helicopters and single-engine airplanes, he was certified as a flight instructor last year, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.
That model helicopter, which is used for executive travel, was flying in a restricted flight area when it crashed. Mayor Bill de Blasio said officials were investigating whether or not the chopper had received approval from flight controllers to go into the restricted zone.
該型號的飛機用于領導出行，墜毀時正在限制飛行區飛行。紐約市長Bill de Blasio說執法人員正在調查該直升飛機進入限制區域是否得到了飛行管控人員批準。
The building was evacuated.
“There was a shake and then a noise and then we just evacuated,” one man said. “That was about it. We just heard the ground shake, like it was an earthquake and then we went back to business. Then we got the notice to evacuate.”
“You could smell smoke. Not heavy smoke, but the smell of what I describe — burnt construction material started to come downstairs,” another man said.
“We had a very strange, very troubling incident this afternoon here in Manhattan,” Mayor de Blasio said.
De Blasio emphasized that “there is no indication at this time that this was an act of terror and there is no ongoing threat to New York City based on all the information that we have right now.”