Three people died in a helicopter crash in a rural area of Los Angeles County just before dawn on February 11. The helicopter was carrying two passengers and a pilot and was being used in production for a television show called United Military Project for the Discovery Channel, according to a permit filed with Film L.A. Inc.
The helicopter was contracted from a company called Crossbow Helicopters that received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly for the show’s production. The show was described as a “reality show.”
“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,” read a statement from Eyeworks USA, one of the production companies working on the show. “We are cooperating fully with the authorities. We extend our deepest sympathies.”
The accident remains under investigation and authorities have not speculated if operator error, mechanical issues or weather were factors.
“A production company was shooting a show for Discovery Channel when this tragic accident occurred,” Discovery Channel said in a released statement. They did not comment further or identify any of the victims.
If it turns out the production company, pilot or Crossbow Helicopters was negligent in operation or maintenance that contributed to this accident, they may face a wrongful death lawsuit.
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