Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered comments on the helicopter crash in New York City.
AUDIO of the Governor's remarks is available here.
PHOTOS are available on Governor Cuomo's Flickr page.
A rush transcript of remarks is available below:
Governor Cuomo: Well the preliminary, the preliminary information we have...
Question: Governor, we're all live right now so what can you tell us?
Governor Cuomo: This is very preliminary information. The fire department is on scene and they're responding. But the preliminary information is that there was a helicopter that made a forced landing, emergency landing or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another. There was a fire that happened when the helicopter hit the roof. People who were in the building said they felt the building shake. The fire department believes the fire is under control. There may have been casualties involved in people in the helicopter,
Question: Do we know at this point how many were in that helicopter?
Governor Cuomo: We do not know. But, right now we believe the fire is under control. Again, casualties involved with the helicopter, we don't know what caused the helicopter to land on the top of the building. But, people in the building itself, nobody has been hurt. Some people have been evacuated. This is all very preliminary and the fire department is just in the midst of responding right now as we speak.
Question: Governor, I wonder what goes through your mind when you hear some kind of an aircraft into a building?
Governor Cuomo: They're not defining it as either a hard landing or an emergency landing, just that the helicopter landed on, to use a word, on the rooftop of the building, which caused the fire. So obviously..
Question: Was there a helipad on this building?
Governor Cuomo: I don't know. But obviously it created a fire so it was not a routine landing.
Question: Governor, when you hear an aircraft has hit a building in midtown Manhattan, what went through your mind? What do you presume went through the minds of the people in New York?
Governor Cuomo: Well look, this is, if you're a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11. And I remember that morning all too well. So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker's mind goes.
Question: But at this point there's no, as you were saying before...
Governor Cuomo: There's no indication that that is the case. The only indication was a helicopter had to do an emergency or a hard landing or crashed onto the rooftop of the building causing a fire, but there's no indication of anything more than that. Again, this is all very preliminary and these situations evolve very quickly as we know. But that's all we know at this time.
Question: Thank you Governor.
Governor Cuomo: Thank you.