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NYC helicopter crash: See videos and photos from the scare in Manhattan

NYC helicopter crash: See videos and photos from the scare in Manhattan

The helicopter pilot, who has not been identified, reportedly took off in bad weather and was not in touch with the tower at LaGuardia prior to the crash.

The New York Fire Department has contained the fire.

President Donald Trump used to be briefed on the crash and is monitoring the incident.

The mayor said the cause was unknown but that there was no indication that the crash was an "act of terrorism".

Linden Airport Director Paul Dudley confirmed that Mr McCormack was hired to fly for the helicopter's owner, Daniele Bodini, who he said commuted between the city and upstate NY.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the aircraft was an Agusta A109E, a twin-engine, lightweight helicopter.

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) rushed to extinguished fire that sparked after the crash and evacuated some workers from the tower.

McCormack is believed to be the very same pilot who was forced to make an emergency landing at the West 30th Street Heliport back in 2014 - after a bird shattered a window of the chopper he was flying for a tour group.

"There's something mysterious here", Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN, saying officials were scrutinizing video of a "very erratic" flight and authorities needed to find out more about the pilot at the time he chose to take off.

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The crash occurred shortly before 2pm local time on Monday on a rainy day at the AXA Equitable Center on Seventh Avenue.

"There were hundreds of people and I would say dozens of emergency vehicles as well surrounding the perimeter of the building", she recalls. Rooftop helipads were banned in New York City in 1977 after a rotor blade snapped on a helicopter on the top of the former Pan Am building, killing five people.

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

The FDNY confirmed on Twitter that they were operating at the scene in Manhattan following a crash landing.

McCormack was formerly a volunteer fire chief for the East Clinton Fire District. "Tim was a dedicated, highly professional and extremely well trained firefighter", the department wrote.

"Tim will be exceptionally missed by this department's members, not only for his leadership but for his wonderful sense of humor".

The building houses the AXA Equitable Center.

"I didn't see it, but I felt it", Douglas said.

The building is close to Times Square, the world-famous commercial and entertainment district, and some other tourist spots such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Broadway theater district.