New Zealand Helicopter Crashes On Live Television, Pilot Miraculously Survives

At around 10:30 a.m. yesterday in Auckland, New Zealand, helicopter pilot Greg Gribble clipped a wire as he was attempting to install a seven-story tall Christmas tree at the Auckland Viaduct, sending the chopper crashing to the ground. Somehow, among workers on the ground, people watching the installation, and the two men in the cockpit, nobody was seriously hurt.

Video of the crash was captured by New Zealand’s One News as the event was being shown live on television and streamed on the Internet. TV NZ reports that the helicopter was snapped in half, and one of its three blades was sliced clean off. In addition:

Parts of it were flung as far as the Viaduct Events Centre, a few hundred metres away, smashing bullet-like holes through windows.

The good news (outside of nobody being hurt)?: Officials still expect the tree, which attracts 150,000 visitors, to be up by Dec. 2.

Watch footage of the crash below (unfortunately without audio), courtesy of TV NZ/One News:

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