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Oct 29, 2012 5:40 PM by Matt Stafford

Engineers going up to examine dangling NYC crane

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City engineers and fire department inspectors plan to climb 74 flights of stairs to examine a Manhattan construction crane that's dangling from a luxury high-rise as Hurricane Sandy approaches.

Buildings department spokesman Tony Sclafani said Monday that it's a daunting task, but "they're the best of the best."

Authorities have been evacuating some neighboring buildings as a precaution.

The cause of the accident isn't known. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said all construction cranes were inspected before the storm to make sure they were secure.

It's unclear whether there was any problem with the way the 57th Street crane was secured, or whether the wind simply was so strong that it bent the rig.

Meteorologists think the wind might have been blowing 95 mph that far above the ground.

To watch NBC's video of the crane, click here.

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