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Discovery settles wrongful death lawsuit over helicopter crash in Acton

Discovery settles wrongful death lawsuit over helicopter crash in Acton

Discovery has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a cast member who was killed in a 2013 helicopter crash, which was one of the worst film set accidents in Los Angeles County in decades.

The family of Michael Donatelli, a 45-year-old decorated Iraq war veteran, sued Discovery after the crash in Acton, which occurred during filming of a Discovery Channel military show with the working title "Lone Operator." The helicopter was flying close to the ground when it hit a slope, killing Donatelli, cameraman Darren Rydstrom and pilot David Gibbs.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge approved the settlement on Tuesday, said Kevin Boyle, a Los Angeles attorney...

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