Three cast members of a new French reality series, including two Olympians, were killed along with five crew members and the pilots of two helicopters that crashed in Argentina Monday. The helicopters crashed after takeoff from a football field near Villa Castelli at the start of the second leg of the adventure competition series Dropped, MY TF1 News reported.
AFP reported that “Champion sailor Florence Arthaud, Olympic gold medallist swimmer Camille Muffat, [and] Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine” were killed.
The TF1 show, Dropped, is a Swedish format that sends two teams of celebrity athletes into the wilderness, blindfolded, to find their way to civilization and electricity so they can find out if their team one. Each episode is set in a different location, and after each leg, one member of the losing team is eliminated. This preview for the Zodiac Media format calls the series an “ultimate race of endurance and survival.”
The French version is being produced by Adventure Line Productions, which also produced France’s Survivor, Koh Lanta, which stopped production two years ago when a contestant died during the first challenge.
France’s president, François Hollande, tweeted about his “immense sadness” after the accident.