On This Day, July 23rd

1. 1982: Fatal accident on the twilight zone set

Photo: moviepilot

Photo: moviepilot

VIc Morrow Photo: moviepilot

VIc Morrow
Photo: moviepilot

It was on this day in 1982 that a helicopter crashed during the last day of shooting for the Hollywood production of Twilight Zone: The Movie and left three casualties. The 53 year old actor Vic Morrow and two child actors, Renee Shinn Chen and Myca Dinh Le were on the ground playing a part that required them to run away from a pursuing helicopter. They were shooting a Vietnam War Scene and the special effects explosions required the pilot to fly very low. Something happened the caused the pilot to loose control and unfortunately crashed right into Morrow and the young actors killing them instantly. There were also said to be six passengers on board the helicopter that were injured. The Pilot, special effects coordinator and a few other men all received charges for involuntary manslaughter. The co-director John Landis, who brought us classic films like Animal House, was part of that group. This was the first time a director had criminal charged based of a movie he was making. However all five men were acquitted of all charges in 1987.


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