Discovery Channel Helicopter Crash lawsuit

Saturday, September 7, 2013
By George Hatcher

Three people killed during a Discovery Channel Reality Show filming probably died due to cost cutting measures by the Discovery Channel.

The “Crossbow Helicopters” Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter #N59518 was being used to shoot a reality show on the Polsa Rosa Ranch near Acton, California when it crashed at about 3:40 am. It broke into three pieces on impact in a rugged canyon area near Soledad Canyon Road.

Cast member Michael Donatelli, cameraman Darren Rydstrom and pilot David Gibbs died when the helicopter they were in crashed at the Polsa Rosa Ranch. The case alleges “conscious disregard of additional, unacceptable safety risk” and claims that the pilot and the various chopper companies were unfit to operate the Helicopter.

Grisel Donatelli, Amanda Donatelli and Dominic Donatelli named Discovery Communications, producers Eyeworks USA, Bongo Inc, Van Nuys Copters, Crossbow Helicopters and Orbic Air and others were named in the 23-page three count complaint.

Pilot Gibbs had a spotty safety record. His license had been suspended by the FAA several times.

Document

Video

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

RSS Plane Crash News

Blogroll

  • Air Consumer.gov
  • AirCrashConsultants
  • Airfleets
  • Airliners.net
  • AOPA
  • Bird Strike Database
  • Bird Strike Database Query
  • EASA
  • FAA
  • Find A Pilot
  • Frixo
  • IATA
  • International Civil Aviation Organization
  • Montreal Convention MC99 English
  • Nasa
  • NOAA
  • NTSB
  • RITA
  • U.S. Office of Special Counsel
August 2018
M T W T F S S
« Jul    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
  • Xiamen Air Boeing 737 skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel https://t.co/mibAYY292F via @usatoday
    about 9 hours ago
  • Woman whose husband flew a plane into their home speaks out https://t.co/LIB2Qgdcao via @MailOnline
    about 10 hours ago
  • 3 people dead after Simpson Air plane goes down in Northwest Territories https://t.co/HlCuNDc2fF
    about 10 hours ago
  • https://t.co/CQKsW6VoWa
    about 10 hours ago
  • Frontier Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing at Raleigh–Durham International Airport https://t.co/6U3Wjq14yI
    about 22 hours ago