Two people killed after helicopter being used to film MTV reality show crashes

The helicopter came down over a reservoir in Mendoza province in Argentina

Two people killed after helicopter being used to film MTV reality show crashes

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A helicopter being used to film an MTV reality show has crashed in Argentina, killing two people.

The aircraft came down over a reservoir in Mendoza province, and search teams have been unable to recover the victims' bodies because the wreckage is 60m (200ft) underwater.

In a statement, the US-based network confirmed it had hired the helicopter for filming on an upcoming series of The Challenge, a long-running reality show.

However, MTV said neither of those on board were a member of the programme's cast or crew, as the aircraft was travelling to a shooting location at the time.

According to local media, the aircraft's pilot and technician have died and the cause of the accident is being investigated.

This is the second fatal helicopter crash involving a reality show in Argentina this year.

In March, two helicopters working on TV survivalist show Dropped collided while filming over rugged terrain, killing the eight French nationals and two Argentinians on board.

Among the dead were three well-known athletes: sailor Florence Arthaud, Olympian swimmer Camille Muffat, and boxer Alexis Vastine.