China Helicopter Crash Kills Four During TV Series Shoot

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Two veteran Chinese cameramen died when their chopper went down while filming footage of the city of Chongqing.

A helicopter went down in the Chinese city of Chongqing on Sunday, killing all four on board, including two cameramen from Chongqing Broadcasting Group, a local satellite TV station.

The chopper was filming a segment for A Bird's Eye View of the New Chongqing, a TV series that has been showcasing the region's rapid urban development via aerial footage since 2012 (a clip from the show can be seen below).

The accident occurred at around 1 p.m. local time on Sunday afternoon, when the Bell 407 GX aircraft lost contact with ground control after taking off from an airport in Wanzhou district, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency.

The debris from the crash and the remains of the victims were found at around 6:30 p.m. in nearby Liangping County. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

It has been a deadly year for helicopter camera crews around the world. In March, two helicopters collided midair during filming of a French reality TV show in Argentina. Eight cast members and both pilots were killed in the accident.

On Friday, a helicopter working on the upcoming Tom Cruise movie Mena crashed in the Colombian Andes, killing veteran Hollywood pilot Alan Purwin and his Venezuelan co-pilot Carlos Berl. Cruise and other members of the cast and crew were in another helicopter that flew the exact same journey across the Andes just 10 minutes before the crash.  

Footage from the 2014 season of A Bird's Eye View of the New Chongqing can be seen below.

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