Three people were killed in a helicopter crash while reportedly filming a television show in Acton today.
crash was at 3:40 a.m. on the Polsa Rosa Movie Ranch, 5726 Soledad
Canyon Road, said Los Angeles County Fire dispatcher Robert Diaz.
aircraft, a Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter, was substantially damaged,
said Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration.
movie was reportedly being shot on the ranch, which was closed to
reporters. Signs at the gate pointed to a set for a production called
“Bongo,” but firefighters could not confirm if that was the production
that was underway during the crash.
KCAL-TV reported that a company called “Bongo Productions” was shooting an unnamed reality show there.
ranch is a movie, TV show and commercial location offered for rent to
production companies. It has two airstrips and “miles of roads,”
according to its website.
Both the FAA and the National
Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, Kenitzer said,
with the NTSB serving as the lead investigative agency. “The NTSB
investigator usually posts a basic preliminary report on the agency’s
website, www.ntsb.gov, within a week
or two of an accident," he said.“However, it typically takes NTSB months
to come up with a probable cause for accidents."
happened about 35 miles east of the movie location where actor Vic
Morrow and two small children were killed in 1982, when simulated
artillery fire downed a helicopter hovering over them during the filming
of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”
Criminal charges were filed against director John Landis, but he was acquitted.
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