Complaint over fallen eagle

Last updated 16:23 23/01/2014

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A safety investigation has been launched after a one-tonne eagle fell from the ceiling at Wellington Airport.

The eagle, which was installed late last year ahead of the opening of the second Hobbit movie, came down in a public area during Monday's 6.2 quake.

Nobody was reported hurt.

WorkSafe NZ said on Tuesday it was not investigating the incident but today said it had received a safety complaint from a member of the public and would now investigate.

The airport has also commissioned an independent engineer's report into the incident.

Following the quake, that was centred near Eketahuna in Tararua, airport spokesman Greg Thomas said the sculpture was "rigorously" engineered and should not have fallen in the quake.

At least two engineers - one from Weta Workshop, which built the eagle, and one from the airport - signed off on the sculpture when it was installed, he said.

A second eagle and a sculpture of the character Gollum and a trout hanging from the ceiling nearby, were not affected.

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