The wreckage of a helicopter in the middle of Manhattan.

A helicopter was spotted flying in a strange pattern above the NYC skyline.

NYFD responded to the scene as smoke billowed from the top of the struck building.

Images from the accident show just how terrifying the moment was.

One person perished in the crash. Governor Cuomo stated that the accident was not a terrorist act. The pilot, Tim McCormick, was flying in a restricted zone when he radioed for help. The landing on top of a building seemed like a last-ditch effort for survival, as there was no helipad present. 

Those in the building were evacuated.