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Reality TV Helicopter Crash Kills 3 Near Acton

ACTON, Calif.  (KTLA) — Authorities have identified three people killed when a helicopter crashed during a reality TV shoot near Acton.

The Bell 206 helicopter went down around 4 a.m. Sunday at the Polsa Rosa Ranch in the 5700 block of Soledad Canyon Road.

The victims were apparently working for Eyeworks USA, a TV production company, on a new military-themed reality series for the Discovery Channel.

According to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, the victims were David Gibbs, 59, of Valencia, who was the pilot; Michael Donatelli, 45, of Pennsylvania; and Darren Rydstrom, 46, of Whittier.

“Eyeworks sends its condolences to all those affected by the helicopter crash during the shooting,” the company said in a news release on its website.

“We share in our affiliate’s sympathies for the families and others who are now dealing with this tragedy and send them our warmest regards.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

According to the Internet Movie Database, Polsa Rosa Ranch was used in “Windtalkers” and the remake of “Red Dawn.”

Just 25 miles away from Sunday’s crash, actor Vic Morrow and two children were killed in 1982 in another helicopter crash while filming the “Twilight Zone” movie.

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