Three killed in helicopter crash on reality TV set


Three people died Sunday in an early-morning helicopter crash while taking part in the filming of a reality TV show in a rural area of northern Los Angeles County, (Acton, CA).

Los Angeles County Fire dispatcher Robert Diaz says the crash occurred about 3:40 a.m. Sunday at the Polsa Rosa Ranch there. Diaz says everyone on board died, according to the LA Daily News.

“The helicopter, a Bell 206B Jet Ranger, crashed under unknown circumstances,” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

The three occupants, all men who appeared to be in their mid-40s, were thrown from the helicopter in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Martin Smith said.

Their names were not released yet pending positive ID.

“The helicopter crashed into an open field,” Smith said. No injuries or damage were reported on the ground, and the crash did not result in a fire.

According to a permit filed with FilmL.A. Inc., the production company was filming a reality show involving the military on the ranch. Filming involving the use of a helicopter began Saturday.

The permit indicated the production company is Redondo Beach-based company Bongo Inc.

The FAA and National Traffic Safety Board are investigating the crash, with the NTSB spearheading the investigation.

See the LA Daily News story here