Three Deaths While Shooting Reality Show For Discovery Channel

Three Deaths While Shooting Reality Show For Discovery Channel


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Tragedy happened early Sunday morning, while shooting a reality show for Discovery Channel. A helicopter crashed in California killing three people onboard. 

The victims were helicopter pilot David Gibbs, 59, cameraman  Darren Rydstrom, 45, Michael Donatelli, 45 and a castmember. 

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The military show is being produced for the Discovery Channel which issued the following statement

 “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.” And the reality TV show’s producer Eyeworks USA just said: “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. We are cooperating fully with the authorities. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those involved.”

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said the crash happened around 3:40 AM at Polsa Rosa Ranch. The men were thrown from the helicopter and pronounced dead on the scene. 

A filming permit lists the show as untitled military-theme TV program and had just begun filming on Saturday.

 Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash. A preliminary report is generally published on the NTSB’s website within a week or two of an incident. The probable cause of the crash often takes several months to determine.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims. USA, LLC
  • mike

    Pilot was Dave Gibbs, cameraman was Darren.

  • Shan A.

    Thank you for the heads up, but that is how I have it in the post.
    Be Blessed!

    • Moondoggie

      read it again.

  • DD

    Mike was a Green Beret and a friend. He will be sorely missed. Your brothers send Fair winds and Following Seas, Mike, and may you RIP. Thank you for your military service. You will not be forgotten my brother.

    • Honnie Badger

      I am so sorry for your loss, and the loss of all three.

  • Fleming

    Reality shows. Ridiculous.

  • Victor

    ‘Woppatelli’ was a good breacher and a decent dude. Rest in peace, Mike.

  • kathyf48

    I was very sorry to read this Sunday my thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends.

  • Ron Merrell

    Rest in peace brother Mike. I have some memories of you that will last a life time, especially the ones in SFAS and the Q course :0)

  • Ron Merrell

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as well…..

  • Skycop10

    Dave Gibbs was the pilot. If I only knew Friday when I saw you I would have hugged you good bye instead of a hand shake. RIP my brother, say hello to Brian.