Aircraft crashes into NYC building
Unknown whether plane or chopper involved
NBC News and news services
Updated: 12:04 a.m. PT Oct 11, 2006
NEW YORK - An aircraft crashed into a high-rise apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City on Thursday, NBC News reported. There were conflicting reports about whether it was an airplane or a chopper.
There were no immediate reports on injuries.
Video from the scene showed at least three buildings in the high-rise engulfed in flames. A column of gray smoke rose over the city, and raging flames could be seen in four windows on two upper floors.
According to local affiliate WNBC, officials said the aircraft was a helicopter, not a plane. That had not been confirmed by any other sources.
The crash occurred near the heliport on the East River, according to MSNBC cable.
Fire Department spokeswoman Emily Rahimi said an aircraft struck struck the 20th floor of a building on East 72nd Street. Witnesses said the crash caused a loud noise, and burning and falling debris was seen. Flames were seen shooting out of the windows.
Check back for developments on this story.
NBC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Thursday??? Do I need to check my calendar? Not only do they not know if it was a plane or helicopter they don't know what day it happened.
October 11, 2006, 04:21 PM
Not really gun-related.
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