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3 Reality TV Crew Members Killed In Helicopter Crash
Three men working on a reality TV show were killed in a helicopter crash early this morning in Acton.
The crash happened around 3:40 am on Polsa Rosa Movie Ranch and all three occupants were pronounced dead at the scene, county firefighters told City News Service. The crash happened on a ranch with two airstrips that is often used as a location for movies, TV shows and commercials.
The Los Angeles Film Commission told KCAL 9 that a company called Bongo Productions had a permit to shoot in the area, and a reality show was reportedly being filmed.
Three men in their 40s were thrown from the helicopter in the crash, a county fire captain told the Pasadena Star-News. It appeared that the show they were working on had something to do with the military, he added.
Although the helicopter, a Bell 206B Jet Ranger, was in bad shape after the crash, it didn't catch fire. Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
City News Service points out the crash happened 35 miles east of the movie location where actor Vic Morrow and two children were killed in 1982 when simulated artillery fire downed a helicopter during the filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie." Although criminal charges were filed against director John Landis, he was acquitted.
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