Helicopter pilot survives horror crash


A helicopter helping to install a Christmas tree crashed in dramatic fashion, but the pilot amazingly escaped serious injury.

Footage captured by Television New Zealand shows the pilot slowly descending from about 25 feet on Auckland's waterfront when the chopper's blades appear to get caught in cables attached to scaffolding.

The rear of the helicopter snaps and the pilot is hurled about as the helicopter smashes into the ground.

According to the television station, pilot Greg Gribble, who has 20 years' experience, said he was "doing fine" after his ordeal.