Three people were killed in a pre-dawn helicopter crash early on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in a rural area of northern Los Angeles County while filming a reality television show. According to MSNBC, Los Angeles Country Fire dispatcher Robert Diaz stated that the crash happened around 3:40 a.m. on Sunday morning at the Polsa Rosa Ranch in Acton, California.
The ranch has been used as a film location many times before. Diaz said that everyone on board the helicopter died. The three people that died have not yet been identified.
Philip Sokoloski, spokesman for FilmL.A., said a production company have been approved to use the helicopter for a reality TV show. The shoot was actually scheduled to take place from Saturday afternoon into Saturday night.
It is not even known what the circumstances surrounding the crash are as of yet.
Sokoloski said the Bell 206B Jet Ranger had substantial damage. An investigation is ongoing by both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.
"We wouldn't have referenced helicopter activity if we didn't already have pre-approval from the FAA," Sokoloski said.
Bongo Inc. had permit paperwork showing that they were working on an untitled military-theme television program. Television footage showed the mangled wreckage of the helicopter in a canyon near Soledad Canyon Road.