Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Pilot survives Christmas tree crash

Firemen work at the scene of a helicopter accident in Auckland (AP)

A helicopter helping to install a Christmas tree on Auckland's waterfront has crashed in dramatic fashion, but the pilot escaped serious injury.

Footage captured by Television New Zealand shows the pilot slowly descending from about 25 feet (8 metres) when the helicopter'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.

The television station reports that pilot Greg Gribble, who has 20 years experience, says he is "doing fine" after his ordeal.

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