The fatal helicopter crash that killed the pilot, and two cast and crew members of a Discovery Channel reality show, had recently been settled two years after the incident. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles court had approved a settlement between the claimants and Discovery.
The lawsuit was filed by the family of Michael Donatelli, an Iraq war veteran who was one of the victims in the deadly accident, which occurred while filming a military show for the Discovery Channel called, “Lone Operator.” The helicopter hit a slope while flying closely to the ground.
The producers of the show, including Discovery, were accused of negligence and not taking enough precautions. The plaintiff cited the hiring of the pilot whose license had been suspended twice in the past. Moreover, records show that the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t give the pilot permission to fly in the hours when the accident happened.