Helicopter crashes during filming of reality show

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GRIMES COUNTY, Texas – Two men were injured in a helicopter crash Saturday during the filming of a reality television show in Grimes County, Texas, authorities said.

The helicopter made a hard landing and suffered substantial damage, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday. The FAA and the Texas Department of Public Safety said they will investigate.

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The chopper was one of two helicopters filming when a gust of wind spun the aircraft out of control, a Texas DPS spokesman said. The helicopter struck a tree and landed on its right side in a wooded area. Its injured occupants were taken to Bryan St. Joseph regional hospital.

A recent Los Angeles Times review of U.S. government data found that nearly one-third of all fatalities on film and TV shoots during the last five years has involved reality shows.

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