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Three People Die Whilst Filming Reality TV Show In The USA

Unfortunately tragedy can strike reality TV shows, with new just in that three helicopter pilots have died whilst filming “Untitled Military Project”.

The Wrap writes:

Three men working on a reality TV show were killed in a helicopter crash early on Sunday in Acton, California, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer told TheWrap.

All three occupants of the helicopter were pronounced dead at the scene, he reported.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office identified the pilot as 59-year-old David Gibbs of Valencia and one of the passengers as Darren Rydstrom, 45, of Whittier. The identity of the second passenger, believed to be from out of state, was being withheld pending notification of the family.

FilmL.A. told TheWrap Sunday that it on Friday issued a permit to Redondo beach-based Bongo Inc. for a helicopter shoot for ”Untitled Military Project” for the Discovery Channel to be conducted between 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday. Bongo Inc. is a part of Redondo Beach-based 3 Ball Productions, producers of the reality show “The Biggest Loser.”

In a statement Eyeworks USA, owner of 3 Ball, said: “We can confirm that a helicopter crash occurred this morning while shooting a new series for a cable network, which resulted tragically in three fatalities. We are cooperating fully with the authorities. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those involved.”

Discovery issued a statement as well.

“A production company was shooting a show for Discovery Channel when this tragic accident occurred. We are all cooperating fully with authorities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.”

The crash occurred around 3:40 a.m. on a ranch with two airstrips that is often used as a location for movies, TV shows and commercials.

The location, called the Polsa Rosa Ranch, is a 730-acre ranch used for location filming deserts, jungles, forests, mesas, running rivers, dry wash settings and the like.

Thankfully these incidents are rare.

1 comment

1 brain dead dave { 02.11.13 at 1:08 pm }

Now there’s a novel way to be “eliminated”.

Are you listening, $hine?