A helicopter crashed onto the roof of a Midtown Manhattan high-rise building around 2 p.m. Monday, causing evacuations from surrounding buildings in the local area.

The crash happened at 787 Seventh Ave, between West 51st and 52nd streets. The damage appears to be contained to the roof, but some damage may have occurred on floors below. No definite word yet.

One person, the pilot of the helicopter, has been confirmed to have perished in the accident, according to CBS News. There was a small fire from the crash, but that has been extinguished. The 54-story building has been completely evacuated and remains closed for now.

With rain, low clouds at 900 feet, plus fog has reduced visibility to less than a mile and may have contributed to the accident.

There is no helipad on the building, therefore investigators are presuming the pilot was attempting an emergency landing. There are reports the building shook hard when the helicopter crashed. Firefighters have been taking people in and out of the building.

People are being warned by authorities to avoid the area. However, there appears to be no further danger in the area.

Roads have been blocked in the vicinity and will stay blocked until further notice.



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