MTV helicopter crash kills two in Argentina in second fatal reality TV show incident

A crash earlier this year during filming for a TV survival show killed 10, including three French sports personalities

Policemen standing near a police helicopter after an MTV helicopter crashed in Potrerillos, some 30 km southeast of Mendoza, Argentina on December 12, 2015
Policemen standing near a police helicopter after an MTV helicopter crashed in Potrerillos, some 30 km southeast of Mendoza, Argentina on December 12, 2015

Two people have been killed after a helicopter working on an MTV reality show crashed in western Argentina.

The aircraft was on route to a shooting location for the network's "The Challenge" programme when it went down, killing its pilot and a technician.

It was the second fatal helicopter crash involving filming for a reality TV show in Argentina this year alone, after 10 died - including three French sports personalities - in an incident in March.

Local official Gianni Vernier said the Bell 206 helicopter crashed as it went over a reservoir at the Potrerillos Dam in Mendoza province, near the border with Chile.

According to the Associated Press, Vernier told state news agency Telam that the wreckage was submerged some 200ft (60m) below the surface and the search for bodies was unsuccessful on Saturday night.

In a statement, MTV said only two people were in the helicopter at the time and that neither was member of The Challenge's cast or crew.

Earlier this year, French Olympic athletes Camille Muffat, Alexis Vastine and sailor Florence Arthaud were among 10 killed during filming for the survivalist show "Dropped".

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