Updated 08:19 PM EDT, Thu, Oct 21, 2021

Plane Filming MTV Reality Show Crashes in Argentina, Two Confirmed Deaths

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While on its way to a shooting location for MTV's reality show, "The Challenge," a helicopter crashed in Mendoza, Argentina, last Saturday, killing the two people on board -- the pilot and a technician.

People confirmed the two deaths, although it said that the names of the victims and the cause of the crash were not immediately disclosed to the public.

But an Express report revealed that the fatalities were identified as Carlos Alberto Zarlenga and Luis Marcelo Barrera, while Deadline reported that the aircraft was not authorized to travel over the dam. Investigation on the cause of the aircraft accident is still ongoing.

The Bel 206 chopper reportedly crashed into the Potrerillos de Mendoza dam, located in the western part of the country, as per BBC.

"Neither of those killed was a cast or film crew member, the US channel said, and no-one else was on board," the same report added.

Security Minister for Mendoza province, Gianni Vernier, said that rescue divers are experiencing difficulty retrieving the bodies sine the wreckage of the copter lies 60 meters deep.

The aircraft was said to be tapped by MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions to help them shoot the film for the reality series.

"The thoughts and prayers of all at MTV and Bunim/Murray are with those who lost their lives in this tragedy and their families during this difficult time," the network's statement read as quoted by People.

The same report said that the 28th season of "The Challenge," called "The Rivals III," was the one being filmed in Argentina.

This was not the first fatal crash this year in the country, as three French athletes filming the reality show "Dropped" died last March when their helicopters crashed in the northwestern part of the country.

The New York Times said the athletes were identified as sailor Florence Arthaud, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and professional boxer Alexis Vastine.

It added that the two helicopters carrying the victims "touched briefly in midair and then fell to the ground."

A video of the contact of the two choppers was even uploaded on YouTube and showed how they plunged to the ground. Seven other people were also killed during the crash.

In addition, NPR said the entire French community mourned the death of the three athletes, with President Francois Hollande saying that the tragedy brought "immense sadness" to the country.

It added that the "Dropped" television show also witnessed the death of a contestant due to a heart attack two years ago. This was also followed by the suicide of the physician monitoring the contestants in the reality series.

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