US, Australian filmmakers die in helicopter crash (AP)

6 Feb

US, Australian filmmakers die in helicopter crash
Feb. 6, 2012 9:22 AM ET (AP)

Award-winning American cinematographer Mike deGruy and Australian television writer-producer Andrew Wight have died in a helicopter crash in eastern Australia, their employer National Geographic said.

Police said two people _ an Australian pilot and an American passenger _ died Saturday when their helicopter crashed soon after takeoff from an airstrip near Nowra, 97 miles (156 kilometers) south of Sydney, but did not immediately release the victims’ identities. Australia’s ABC News reported that Wight was piloting the helicopter when it crashed.

National Geographic and “Titanic” director James Cameron confirmed the victims’ identities in a joint statement Sunday that said “the deep-sea community lost two of its finest” with the deaths of the two underwater documentary specialists.

David Bennett, president of Australia’s South Coast Recreational Flying Club, said the pair had set off to film a

Source: GrimmOnline.org

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