Two helicopters collided in midair while filming the popular TF1 reality show, Dropped.
The crash happened in a remote area of northwest Argentina, killing everyone on board. Authorities say between the two helicopters were eight French passengers and two Argentinians.
“We learn with great sadness about the accident during the filming of the Dropped show,” TF1 said in a statement. “All TF1 teams come together in this terrible time with the pain of the families and relatives of the victims.”
La Rioja Secretary of Security, Cesar Angulo, said the accident occurred while the helicopters were flying near Villa Castelli in La Rioja province, which is about 730 miles (1,170 kms) from Buenos Aires. He confirmed that all 10 passengers on board both helicopters were killed.
“An explosion occurred and it’s believed that they collided,” said Angulo.
Police and firefighters are currently recovering the bodies at the crash site, near the town of Villa Castelli.
A statement released from La Rioja’s government, French President Francois Hollande, among the dead were several French sports stars including Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine 28, Olympic gold medal swimmer Camille Muffat 25 and champion sailor Florence Arthaud 57.
Andres Navarrete, mayor of Villa Castelli, said the famous sports figures were part of the team filming the reality show. Droppedis a survivalist television program with several versions across Europe. It’s a program where celebrities are left to fend for themselves and “survive” after being blindfolded and “dropped” into a challenging environment.
Celebrity athletes divided into two teams who are blindfolded and dropped into some of the most remote locations on earth. With no food, no map, and no help, they must make their way through unforgiving landscapes to find civilization and a helicopter to take them to the next location.