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Helicopter crashes installing Christmas tree in NZ

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Firemen work at the scene of a helicopter accident in Auckland's Viaduct Basin, New Zealand, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Sarah Ivey) Firemen work at the scene of a helicopter accident in Auckland's Viaduct Basin, New Zealand, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Sarah Ivey)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — A helicopter helping 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 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.

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

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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