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Helicopter crashes installing Christmas tree in Auckland

A helicopter being used to install a Christmas tree in New Zealand got caught in cables and crashed into the ground Wednesday morning. Amazingly, the pilot escaped with no major injuries and no one on the ground was hurt. TODAY's Natalie Morales reports.

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Firemen work at the scene of a helicopter accident in Auckland's Viaduct Basin, New Zealand, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.

A helicopter installing a Christmas tree on Auckland's waterfront on Wednesday morning crashes in dramatic fashion, incredibly the pilot escapes serious injury. See the dramatic video footage below.

AP reports: Footage captured by Television New Zealand Wednesday morning 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.