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Video: Helicopter Crashes While Preparing Christmas Tree

| by Michael Allen

In Auckland, New Zealand, helicopter pilot Greg Gribble was trying set up the 'Telecom Christmas Tree' when his B2 Squirrel helicopter’s main rotor hit a cable, causing a loud bang and a quick descent to the ground (video below).

Telecom released a statement about the accident: "Telecom is extremely glad the pilot and ground crew were not seriously injured, and will assist any investigations into the crash as required."

Gribble is back at home and unhurt after being thrown halfway out of the helicopter. He was quickly helped from the wreckage by other workers.

Authorities say the helicopter was snapped in half and one of its three blades was sliced clean off. The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating exactly what went wrong.

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