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Reality TV Helicopter Crash Kills 3

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A pre-dawn helicopter crash on Sunday in northern Los Angeles County has left three potential reality TV stars dead.

The crash happened a little before four in the morning at Polsa Rosa Ranch in Acton, Calif., which has been used in a number of television shows. According to CBS News, the show that was being filmed had not been announced or given a name, but it did have a military theme. A permit lists the Discovery Channel as the network in charge.

“A production company was shooting a show for Discovery Channel when this tragic accident occurred,” the station said in a statement. “We are all cooperating fully with authorities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.” The names of the three casualties of the crash have not yet been released. They were the only passengers aboard the helicopter.

The production company in charge of the show, Eyeworks USA, is probably most famous for creating NBC's “The Biggest Loser.” After the crash, Eyeworks issued a statement about the incident expressing sympathies to the victims' families and saying they were cooperating with authorities.

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The company had been approved to use a helicopter for a reality TV show shooting at the ranch from Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning, according to a spokesman for FilmLA. FilmLa processes filming permits for location shootings in the Los Angeles region. The Federal Aviation Administration has said that the cause and other circumstances surround the crash are still unknown.

There have been other movie-related mishaps in the area. 

In September, during the filming for the upcoming Johnny Depp film “The Lone Ranger,” a 48-year-old crew member died of an apparent heart attack while underwater in scuba gear. The crash on Sunday was also only 25 miles from a similar rural spot in Santa Clarita, Calif., where actor Vic Morrow and two children were killed in a 1982 helicopter crash while filming the “Twilight Zone” movie.

Source: (CBS News)