French production company cancels 'Dropped' after fatal helicopter crash

French production company cancels 'Dropped' after fatal helicopter crash
Photos of French sailor Florence Arthaud, boxer Alexis Vastine and swimmer Camille Muffat are displayed during a ceremony for them at the Institut National du Sport in Paris. (Etienne Laurent / EPA)

French reality show "Dropped" has been canceled in the wake of a fatal helicopter crash that killed 10 people while filming in Argentina, according to French media reports.

The collision of two helicopters in La Rioja province on Monday led to the death of two French Olympians and a prominent French sailor, as well as members of the show's production team.

"Dropped" is a "Survivor"-like French reality show made by Adventure Line Productions. The show is no longer listed as one of the company's productions on its website.

The company came under scrutiny two years ago after a similar accident, when a 25-year-old contestant on the show "Koh-Lanta" died after an on-screen challenge.

French media outlets reported that Franck Firmin-Guion, head of Adventure Line Productions, confirmed the cancelation in an interview with TF1, the channel on which the series was expected to air.

Though TF1 did not have an official statement, the station posted about the accident on Facebook on Tuesday.

"It is with a huge sadness that we learned of the tragic incident in Argentina," TF1 said in the Facebook post, translated from French.

The accident has re-sparked debate about ongoing safety in the industry, as death tolls rise on reality TV and film sets.

Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, said the helicopter accident demonstrates the perils of reality TV.

"These reality shows try to outdo each other," she told The Times. "They keep trying to push the envelope: The more dangerous the better. They do it for the entertainment some point you have to say: Is this craziness or is this entertainment?"

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