Safety investigation into fallen eagle

Last updated 16:03 23/01/2014
Wellington Airport
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CRASH LANDING: This eagle fell in the Wellington Airport food court on Monday during the earthquake.

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A safety investigation has been launched after a one-tonne eagle fell from the roof 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, centred near Eketahuna in Tararua.

Nobody was thought to be hurt.

WorkSafe NZ said on Tuesday it was not investigating but today said it had received a safety allegation 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, airport spokesman Greg Thomas said the sculpture was "rigorously" engineered and should not have fallen down in the quake.

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

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