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A helicopter crashed into a 54-storey New York City skyscraper leaving the pilot dead.

It is understood that the pilot was trying to land, although it is not clear why the skyscraper was chosen as a landing spot. New York Police Department said: “There was a helicopter hard landing on the roof of 787 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

People were ordered to evacuate, with one witness saying they felt the building shake.

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The building involved is the Axa Equitable Center, close to Times Square, at 787 Seventh Avenue. It opened in 1986, and it is not clear if the building itself sustained any damage.

US President Donald Trump tweeted: “I have been briefed on the helicopter crash in New York City. Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are currently on the scene.THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365. The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all.”

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Nathan Hutton, who works in information technology for the French bank BNP Paribas on the 29th floor, said the building shook when the helicopter slammed into the roof.

“It felt like you were just standing there, and someone takes their hand and just shoves you,” he said. “You felt it through the whole building.”

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