THE WORLDPOST
11/22/2011 06:13 pm ET Updated Jan 22, 2012

New Zealand: Helicopter Crashes Installing Christmas Tree (VIDEO)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- 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.

UPDATE [11/24 at 12:32 p.m. ET): Video footage of the helicopter crash can be seen above (via YouTube/murrayjob). The YouTube description reads as follows:

Whist erecting a seven story high structure to be used as a Christmas tree, the helicopters rotor struck a cable causing the aircraft to crash to the ground. The Pilot was helped from the crumpled wreckage with minor injuries.