I suspect someone will be getting a tap on the knuckles over in the TVNZ newsroom tomorrow...
Reports of a helicopter crashing near Wanganui tonight turned out to be considerably less substantial than first feared.* Stuff: Chopper crash a small story in the end
Late in their 7pm bulletin tonight, One News announced breaking news of reports of a helicopter going down.Police later confirmed to the Dominion Post that a helicopter had indeed crashed - a small remote controlled toy chopper.
A full emergency callout was initiated when the model helicopter crash was mistaken for the real thing.
Inspector Ken Climo from the police central communications centre said a man had taken his model helicopter out for a flight and lost control of it...The mistake was discovered when the model helicopter owner went looking for his machine and ran into police looking for a genuine helicopter wreckage.
"He drove around a few streets and left his name at a few houses, went around a corner and, hello, here are all these police cars.
"Being a typical Kiwi he thought 'I'll go and find out what's going on here', wandered up and they told him about this helicopter crash."
"He said 'I'm looking for a helicopter – but mine's a model'."
Mr Climo said unfortunately some media reported the incident as being a genuine emergency before police could establish what had actually happened.
Posted at 10:14 pm