A cameraman and pilot died in a plane crash in Kenya during filming of a Discovery series called "Dangerous Flights,'' the latest fatal incident to occur in the reality-TV industry.
John Driftmier, a cameraman and director, was filming aerial footage for the program when the small plane he was in crashed, killing him and the pilot, who was not identified, according to a statement from Pixcom, the Canadian producer of the series.
Driftmier, 30, worked on various reality-TV shows, including "Highway Thru Hell" and "License to Drill." He was filming the second season of "Dangerous Flights," which is broadcast on Discovery Canada and documents pilots delivering small, private planes around the world.
"Everyone at Pixcom is in shock,'' Pixcom Chief Executive Jacquelin Bouchard said in a statement posted on the company's website. "John was an incredibly talented director and cameraman, and a wonderful friend. We will miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this very sad time."