April 1, 2013 |
Alaska state troopers were attempting Monday to determine the cause of a rescue helicopter crash over the weekend in the mountainous region near Talkeetna in which all three aboard are feared dead. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the crash occurred Saturday night after the troopers helicopter had picked up a stranded snowmobiler near Larson Lake, seven miles east of the town that is one of the main centers for climbers attempting to scale Mt. McKinley. A second helicopter spotted the wreckage Sunday morning, but it was not yet known what caused the crash.
February 25, 2013 |
The aerial crash that killed three people working on a Discovery Channel reality TV production occurred when the helicopter collided into the base of a valley wall in Acton while preparing to shoot a scene for a military-themed show, federal aviation investigators said in a preliminary report issued Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the Feb. 10 accident, but a preliminary report by the board provides new details on the circumstances surrounding the most serious film set accident in three decades in California.
February 19, 2013 |
The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Acton this month had his pilot privileges suspended twice in the last decade, Federal Aviation Administration records show. David Gibbs, 59, of Valencia was among three people killed in an early morning crash at the Polsa Rosa Ranch on Feb. 10 during the production of a military-themed reality TV show for the Discovery Channel. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, which was the worst film set accident in California since 1982, when star Vic Morrow and two child actors were killed by a helicopter that slammed into them during the filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie.
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February 18, 2013 |
He loved fast cars - Ferraris and racing Porsches - and even faster aircraft. More than that, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter pilot Anthony M. Pachot loved his job patrolling his more than 4,000-square-mile beat from the air. Pachot, the department's first African American pilot, died of cancer Feb. 11 in Los Angeles. He was 65. During his 33-year-career as a deputy, he managed to walk away after a harrowing midair collision and survived several attempts by gunmen to shoot him out of the sky. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Along the way, he saved countless lives by plucking lost hikers off rocky ledges and out of narrow canyons and navigating his AS350 B2 Eurocopter through webs of power lines to pull children from rain-swollen storm channels.
February 12, 2013 |
A helicopter crash in northern Los Angeles County that killed three people was one of the worst film set accidents in recent years and is likely to further fuel debate over whether working conditions on reality TV programs are unsafe. Three people, including the pilot and a cast member, were killed in a helicopter crash early Sunday morning at the Polsa Rosa Ranch in a remote area near Soledad Canyon Road in Acton, authorities said. The 730-acre ranch, which straddles the Santa Clara River and borders the Angeles National Forest, is a popular spot for filming.
February 10, 2013 |
A helicopter crash in northern Los Angeles County that killed three people Sunday -- one of the worst film set accidents in recent years -- is likely to further fuel debate over whether working conditions on reality TV programs are unsafe. Three people were killed in a helicopter crash early Sunday morning at the Polsa Rosa Ranch in a remote area near Soledad Canyon Road in Acton, authorities said. Polsa Rosa Ranch is a popular location for filming movies and TV shows and was also where a diver working on the Disney movie "The Lone Ranger" drowned in September while prepping a tank for an underwater shooting scene.