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23-Nov-11 ZK-HIG Eurocopter AS350B2 Auckland, New Zealand

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Main blades struck wire while helicopter was helping install Christmas Tree on Auckland waterfront.  Helicopter split in two and thrashed itself to pieces from a 10m hover.  Pilot Greg Gribble escaped serious injury.  Event was being broadcast live on TVNZ

Date
November 23, 2011
Reg
ZK-HIG
Make
Eurocopter
Model
AS350
MSN
2500
Location
Auckland waterfront
Country
New Zealand
CivilMilitary
Civil
Operator
Helisika
Link 1
http://www.news.com.au/world/helicopter-crashes-putting-up-giant-christmas-tree-in-auckland-harbour/story-e6frfkyi-1226203241385
Link 2
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/helicopter-pilot-back-home-after-amazing-escape-4560847
Link 3
http://www.3news.co.nz/Chopper-pilot-had-20-years-experience/tabid/309/articleID/233796/Default.aspx

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