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Chopper crash during filming claims three lives

Three crew members died on Sunday (February 10) aboard a helicopter that crashed while filming an as-yet-unannounced series for Discovery Channel, produced by Eyeworks USA.
February 12, 2013

Three crew members died on Sunday (February 10) aboard a helicopter that crashed while filming an as-yet-unannounced series for Discovery Channel, produced by Eyeworks USA.

The victims were identified as David Gene Gibbs, Darren Arthur Rydstrom, and Michael William Donatelli.

Gibbs, who was the helicopter pilot, previously served as a pilot on The Amazing Race and Jackass 3D. Crew member Rydstrom’s previous credits included camera operator on VH1′s The X Life and How to Look Good Naked. Donatelli, who was a cast member on the Eyeworks USA “untitled military project,” was involved with the U.S. special forces.

The helicopter went down at 3:40 a.m., at a filming location of Polsa Rosa Ranch, located in Acton, Los Angeles.

A statement from 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.”

A statement from Eyeworks USA added: “We can confirm that a helicopter crash occurred [Sunday] morning while shooting a new series for a cable network, which resulted tragically in three fatalities. We are cooperating fully with the authorities. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those involved.”

Eyeworks USA confirmed the series was for Discovery, but declined to share any further details about the show.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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