This is quite unbelievable…and shows the skill of the pilot:
TV3 have much better video of the chopper crash yesterday. Taken from a different angle you can clearly see the cause of the accident is a fool on the ground jumping up to secure the cable that the pilot is slowly and carefully lowering to the ground.
That one little jump and the addition of the weight of that man to the cable straightened it out and pulled it into the path of the rotors. The chopper nearly lands on the fool for his troubles.
Look at the video at about 3:20. You can see him jump up and grab the cable which then gets pulled into the path of the rotors. The chopper then destroys itself and injures the pilot in a matter of seconds.
A helicopter erecting the Telecom Christmas tree appears to have hit a cable and crashed.
I wonder how long it will be before The Standard accuses John Key of sabotaging the chopper to deflect from his poor election campaign.