Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Helicopter Crashes Installing Christmas Tree in NZ (+video)

Nov.23., 2011., Wednesday -
 A helicopter in New Zealand crashed Wednesday while helping to install a Christmas tree on Auckland's waterfront. The pilot escaped serious injury.

Footage captured by Television New Zealand on Wednesday shows the pilot slowly descending from about 25 feet (8 meters) when the chopper's blades appear to get caught in cables attached to scaffolding. The rear of the helicopter snaps and the pilot is tossed about as the helicopter smashes into the ground.

Although the incident took place in a heavily populated area, there were no serious injures reported on the ground.
The television station reported that Greg Gribble, who has 20 years experience as a pilot, says he's "doing fine" after his ordeal.


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