Three Die While Filming New Discovery Channel Show

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Three men, who were filming a new reality TV series set to air on the Discovery Channel, were killed in a helicopter crash early Sunday morning that took place at Polsa Rosa Ranch, in northern Los Angeles County. Discovery said, “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 three victims of the crashed helicopter have been officially identified: pilot David Gibbs, 59 and cameraman and cinematographer Darren Rydstrom, 45, and Michael Donatelli, 45, of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

The three men were shooting footage for Untitled Military Project. They reportedly tried to escape from the Jet Ranger helicopter they were on when it crashed at 3:42 A.M.

Gibbs, Rydstrom, and Donatelli were employed by Eyeworks USA, the company renowned for The Biggest Loser series. They got the authorization to film a helicopter landing and takeoff at the site from Film L.A., which issued the permit but did not have a monitor on the set, although an advisor from the L.A. Fire Department was there on standby.

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