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UPDATE:

A Santa Clarita resident is among the victims of a helicopter crash that killed three men in Acton on Sunday, a coroner’s official said Monday.

David Gene Gibbs, 59, of Valencia, Michael William Donatelli, 45, of Indiana, Pa., and Darren Arthur Rydstrom, 46, of Whittier, were killed when their helicopter crash-landed at the Polsa Rosa Ranch on Sunday, said Ed Winter, assistant chief coroner.

The crew was filming  an untitled television show for Bongo productions, according to Philip Sokoloski, vice president of integrated communications for Film LA, the office that permits shooting in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

Gibbs, of Arroyo Park Drive, has been the owner of Valencia-based Crossbow Helicopters since 1997.  According to its website, Crossbow provides “helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft support for the motion picture and television industries” and “operates under the guidelines of an FAA approved motion picture and television flight operations manual.”

Crossbow experience “includes a vast array of camera types and platforms,” it says, and the company provides “aerial ground coordinators, ground safety personnel, off site jet fuel trucks, temporary paint service, Nightsun, ground-to-air radios, logistical support and location scouting.”

 

Original story:

An early-morning helicopter crash in Acton has killed three people.

The crash occurred about 3:40 a.m. at the Polsa Rosa movie ranch, which is located Soledad Canyon Road, southwest of the town of Acton.

A production company recently filed for permits to film a reality television show with the use of a helicopter. That filming reportedly began Saturday.

Robert Diaz, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher, said everyone on board the helicopter died.

“We have an investigator on scene, and we do not have any definitive info at this point,” said Keith Holloway, public affairs officer for The National Transportation Safety Board. “We are trying to gather information regarding what happened that caused this accident.”

The NTSB reports that the incident involved a Bell 206 helicopter.

More information to follow.

 

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