22 Dec 2008

Pilot safe after helicopter hits power lines

7:20 pm on 22 December 2008

A helicopter pilot survived after hitting power lines in Canterbury.

Police say the helicopter was aerial spraying in Rolleston about 8.30pm on Sunday when it struck the wires.

The lines came down alongside a road, but the helicopter landed safely. It was able to take to the air again later.

Police say they have referred the matter to the Civil Aviation Authority.