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Helicopter crash in New Zealand caught on video

A helicopter helping to install a Christmas tree on the Auckland, New Zealand, waterfront crashed dramatically Wednesday, but the pilot escaped serious injury.

A helicopter helping to install a Christmas tree on the Auckland, New Zealand, waterfront crashed dramatically Wednesday, but the pilot escaped serious injury.

Footage captured by Television New Zealand on Wednesday shows the pilot slowly descending from about eight metres 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 reported that pilot Greg Gribble, who has 20 years experience, says he's "doing fine" after his ordeal.

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