Lawsuit Filed in Reality Show Death

May 30, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in connection with a death during production of a reality show. The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq., reports that the suit stems from a Feb. 10 helicopter crash in which three people were killed.

The suit was filed Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court by the mother of Darren Rydstrom, a cameraman who died in the crash during a night shoot for a military-themed show for Discovery Channel.

Also killed in the crash in a canyon north of Los Angeles were the helicopter’s pilot, David Gibbs, and cast member Michael Donatelli.

The suit accuses the pilot, the owners of the helicopter and the producers of the show of negligence, the piece notes.

“Rydstrom’s mother, Jerie S. Rydstrom, filed suit against Van Nuys Helicopters and two men identified as the company principals, David Child and Cherif Amin,” the story reports. “The suit also names as defendants Orbic Air, which it says is owned by David Child; Crossbow Helicopters and its owner David G. Gibbs, pilot of the doomed craft; and the producers of the show, J.D. Roth and Todd Nelson.”

The lawsuit says the Bell 206B helicopter was being flown under “visual flight rules” and the pilot had a responsibility to “look and avoid” a collision with the terrain, the piece reports.

The report adds: “The suit says the producers ‘breached their duty’ when they entrusted the helicopter to Gibbs and Crossbow Helicopters, adding the ‘defendants negligently failed to ensure that David G. Gibbs was competent, qualified and sufficiently informed for the flight.’”

The suit seeks damages to be determined by the court, the piece notes.

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