2 Dead After Helicopter Crashes in Argentina Headed to the Set of MTV's The Challenge
No Challenge cast or crew were on board, MTV said in a statement to PEOPLE
A helicopter hired by MTV to work on the reality series The Challenge crashed over the water in Argentina Saturday, killing both the pilot and passenger, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The helicopter, which was subcontracted by both MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions, went down while en route to a filming location in Mendoza, the network said in a statement to PEOPLE.
“The thoughts and prayers of all at MTV and Bunim/Murray are with those who lost their lives in this tragedy and their families during this difficult time,” the network said in its statement.
Neither the names of the dead nor a cause of the crash were immediately available.
No Challenge cast or crew were on board, according to the statement. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
The helicopter went down at the Potrerillos Dam in west Argentina, more than 600 miles from Buenos Aires, a government official told the state news agency Télam, according to the Associated Press.
The latest season of The Challenge – The Challenge: Battle of the Bloodlines – was filmed earlier this year and began airing in December. The show’s 28th season, The Challenge: The Rivals III was the cast that was in Argentina during the crash.
This is the second deadly helicopter crash associated with a reality show in Argentina this year, according to The Guardian.
In March, two helicopters collided while carrying the cast and crew of survival series Dropped, killing 10, including three French sports stars.