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The pilot of a helicopter died after it crash landed on top of a skyscraper in Manhattan, fire officials say.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the 54-storey office building on Seventh Avenue shook from the impact.

Governor Cuomo said the crash sparked a rooftop fire, which was being brought under control. Some were evacuated from the tower, but none were hurt.

He said New Yorkers have "a level of PTSD from 9/11" when they hear news of an aircraft crash in Manhattan.

The incident happened at around 14:00 (19:00 GMT) on a rainy and foggy Monday.

Governor Cuomo said preliminary reports indicate the helicopter made a forced landing, but there was no indication of foul play.

Witnesses outside the building told reporters that no debris was visible on the pavement or in roadways below the scene of the incident.

Fire officials said on social media they were working to respond to "fuel leaking from the helicopter".

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident, White House Press Officer Hogan Gidley confirmed.

According to the New York Post, there is no helicopter landing pad on the roof of the building, 787 Seventh Avenue.

Zach Escalante, a computer programmer who works on the third floor, told the newspaper: "We felt the building move."

BBC

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