Three people killed in helicopter crash while filming Discovery reality show

By Daniel S Levine,

Three people were killed Sunday morning in Los Angeles while filming for a Discovery Channel reality show. The network later issued a statement, sending its condolences to the families.

The crash took place in a rural area of Los Angeles county at 3:40 a.m. It was filming at Polsa Rosa Ranch in Acton, Los Angeles County Fire dispatcher Robert Diaz confirmed to The Associated Press.

The names of the victims were not released. Eyeworks USA (The Biggest Loser) was producing the show, which had a military theme. Discovery confirmed that the show does not have a title or an air date.

“A production company was shooting a show for Discovery Channel when this tragic accident occurred,” the network said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly and other publications. “We are all cooperating fully with authorities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.”

Eyeworks added, “We share in our affiliates sympathies for the families and others who are now dealing with this tragedy and send them our warmest regards.”

FilmLA, which gives permits to production companies in the county, confirmed that Eyeworks did have approval to film at the popular ranch. Federal Aviation Administration also approved of the filming.

The Los Angeles Times notes that this incident raises more safety concerns for reality show productions. Just last June, a woman was killed in Colorado while filming a proposed Discovery shot at a shooting range. In 2011, a helicopter crashed in Pennsylvania during filming for G4’s Campus PD.

An accident also occurred at the Polsa Rosa Ranch in September during filming for The Lone Ranger.

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