Fourteen people were killed: Smith, the two others aboard the bomber (Staff Sergeant Christopher Domitrovich and Albert Perna, a Navy aviation machinist's friend hitching a ride), and eleven others in the building.  Smith was not found until two days later, when search crews discovered that his body had gone through an elevator shaft and fallen to the bottom.  Elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver was injured. Rescuers decided to transport her on an elevator that they did not know had weakened cables. The cables snapped and the elevator fell 75 stories, ending up in the basements. Oliver managed to survive the fall and rescuers later found her amongst the rubble. It still stands as the Guinness World Record for the longest survived elevator fall. 
On May 1, 1947, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from the 86th floor observation deck and landed on a limousine parked at the curb. Photography student Robert Wiles took a photo of McHale's oddly intact corpse a few minutes after her death. The police found a suicide note among possessions that she left on the observation deck: "He is much better off without me.... I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody". The photo ran in the May 12, 1947 edition of Life magazine  and is often referred to as "The Most Beautiful Suicide". It was later used by visual artist Andy Warhol in one of his prints entitled Suicide (Fallen Body) . 
D Rüüm uf de 102 Stöck wärde vor allem gwärblig brucht. Uf de Freiflechene im 86. Stock und im 102. befinde sich öffentligi Ussichtsblattforme , wo zu de Seenswürdigkäite vo dr Stadt ghööre, wo am mäiste Bsuecher häi. Dr Naame vom Wolkechratzer isch vom The Empire State abgläitet, eme Spitzname vom Staat Nöi York . Sit em Joor 1986 ghöört s Empire State Building zu de Nazionale Dänkmööler vo de Veräinigte Staate .  Bis hüte gältet s as dr „Inbegriff vom Wolkechratzer“, was vor allem drvo chunnt, ass es hüfig in de Medie, vor allem in Film daargstellt wird.