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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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