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Official says pilot radioed that he was lost

NEW YORK (AP) – The pilot killed when his helicopter hit a New York City skyscraper in thick fog and rain radioed that he was lost and trying to get back to a heliport but couldn’t find it.

That’s according to an official briefed on the investigation.

The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the radio calls publicly because of the ongoing federal safety investigation and spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

Videos taken by a bystander and posted on social media showed the helicopter pausing and hovering south of the heliport, then turning and making an erratic flight back north through the clouds.

The pilot was alone and the only person killed in Monday’s crash.

Authorities haven’t determined why the pilot tried to return to the ground or what caused him to stray over midtown Manhattan.

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