Three Men Killed in Helicopter Crash During Reality TV Shoot (UPDATE)
UPDATE 2: According to an August 29 story in The Hollywood Reporter, the wife and children of Michael Donatelli have filed a wrongful death suit. Donatelli was a cast member of the military show being produced by Discovery Channel, and one of three men to die in the February helicopter crash.
The suit names as defendants Discovery, the show's producers and Crossbow, the company that owned the helicopter. The suit claims pilot David Gibbs, who also lost his life in the crash, was an "incompetent" pilot who acted negligently. Donatelli's family is seeking punitive damages for loss of financial and emotional support from the deceased. In May, the mother of cameraman Darren Rydstrom also filed a wrongful death suit.
UPDATE 1 (from February 10): According to The Wrap, the pilot was identified as 59-year-old David Gibbs of Valencia and one of the passengers was Darren Rydstrom, 45, of Whittier. The other passenger, believed to be from outside California, has yet to be identified. Authorities were waiting to notify his family. The helicopter was reportedly shooting footage for an "Untitled Military Project" for the Discovery Channel.
Around 3:40 a.m. today (Sunday, February 10), a helicopter crashed on Polsa Rosa Ranch in Acton, California, killing the three people on board.
According to The Wrap, the three men were working on a reality TV show, although it wasn't immediately known what show they were filming. The 730-acre ranch is reportedly used for filming desert scenes, jungles, forests, mesas, etc., for TV shows and commercials.
This story is developing. We'll update with more details as they come in.