Ten People Die During Filming of French Reality TV Show in Argentina

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 06:41 AM

By Elsa Keslassy

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - PARIS- Ten people died in a crash between two helicopters that took place during the filming of a French reality show, Dropped, in Argentina on March 10.

Among the 10 people who died were high-profile French athletes: champion sailor Florence Arthaud, boxer Alexis Vastine et Olympic Gold medalist swimmer Camille Muffat.

Adapted from a Swedish format for French commercial net TF1, Dropped is an adventure reality show centering on eight sports stars who are being set up in rough environments. The shooting of the show started in February in Ushuaia and Patagonia.

The crash which left no survivors, occurred in the mountains of La Rioja province in Argentina.

"We are learning with a profound sadness about the accident that happened during the filming of Dropped. Nonce Paolini and his teams at TF1 are united in these terrible moments with the victims' families and close ones," said TF1 in its statement.

Last year, TF1 had to shut down the production of Koh-Lanta, the French version of Survivor, following the death of a contestant, Gerald Babin, and the suicide of the show's doctor, Thierry Costa.

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