Discovery Channel Sued Over Fatal Helicopter Crash

Image gives credit to ABC7.

Image gives credit to ABC7.

A year after a helicopter that was filming for a Discovery Channel program crashed and killed at least three people in California, the spouse of one of the victims has eventually decided to come out to file a wrongful death claim against said network-giant in behalf of her 15-year-old daughter.

According to recent news reports, Sonya Joubert, mother of the 15-year-old Sofia Donatelli, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Discovery Channel for the loss of her daughter’s father.

Under the said lawsuit, Joubert claims that the helicopter accident that killed Sofia’s father, Michael Donatelli, was as a result of the network’s shocking negligence for allowing a very dangerous flight plan.

Joubert further asserts that aside from the erroneous flight plan, the network also allowed the chopper to fly at low altitudes, over hilly terrain, low lights, poor visibility and in frost condition.

UntitledIt could be remembered that the incident reportedly occurred at around 3:40 in the morning of February last year at Polsa Rosa Ranch in Los Angeles.

Also, Joubert added that the network should have known that the pilot, who was likewise killed from the incident, was unfit to operate the helicopter.

Previous news reports have it that all people on board were killed, including Michael Donatelli, who was 45 on the time of his death. All victims were part of the production team of an untitled military-themed reality TV show that was supposed to be launched by the Discovery, reports said.

Reports added that the crew was actually filming when the accident happened.

Polsa Rosa has been a favorite venue for most film crews due to the different terrains and airstrips it offers. In fact, the place is sometimes referred to as a “movie ranch”.

Unfortunately, records revealed that a similar incident also happened back in 1982. Few miles away from the ranch, Vic Monroe and two children were likewise killed in an accident during a movie filming.

As of this writing, the Discovery Channel is not yet giving comments regarding the matter according to reports.

 

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