"Movie Ranch" Helicopter Crash Kills 3 - NBC Southern California

"Movie Ranch" Helicopter Crash Kills 3

The crash happened at a well-known production ranch in Acton



    A helicopter crashed in Acton, killing three people. The crash happened on the Polsa Rosa Movie Ranch. Michelle Valles reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (Published Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013)

    Federal investigators were sifting through the wreckage Sunday of a helicopter crash at a well-known movie and TV production ranch in Acton that killed three people.

    The crash 3:40 a.m. crash happened on the site of the Polsa Rosa Movie Ranch in Acton, on the northwestern edge of the Angeles National Forest about 30 miles north of Los Angeles.

    The pilot and two passengers aboard the Bell 206 JetRanger died, officials said. Their identities were not immediately released.

    A movie was reportedly being shot at the time, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispater said. Signs for Bongo Productions were posted near the ranch, but officials could not confirm if that the was production underway during the crash.

    The ranch is a movie, TV show and commercial location offered for rent to production companies. It has two airstrips and "miles of roads," according to its website.

    The crash happened about 35 miles east of the movie location where actor Vic Morrow and two small children were killed in 1982, when simulated artillery fire downed a helicopter hovering over them during the filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie."

    Criminal charges were filed against director John Landis, but he was acquitted.

    City News Service contributed to this report.

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