1. The Pan Am Building Once Had a Helipad On Its Roof
Did you know that the Pan Am Building (now the Met Life Building) once had a helicopter deck on its roof? The helipad began operations in 1965, traveling between the Pan Am Building and airline’s terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport, but there was little demand for such services, so it ceased operations in 1968.
The helipad reopened in 1977 for a time, but shut down three months afterwards due to a tragic accident when a rotor blade broke off a helicopter, hitting four people on the landing pad who were waiting to board. Three of them were killed on impact.