Helicopter Crashes into Kid's Bedroom While Filming Campus PD Episode (Updated)

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I love Campus PD! It reminds me of all the best parts of college—moronic guys drinking themselves into stupors, girls sobbing, and classes on Kant. But apparently, the show's creators are jerks: they wrecked someone's home, sans compensation.

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Reddit user strawberryjams says the incident went down thusly: the Campus PD camera crew was following the Indiana Borough Police Department, who thought a chopper would be a wise way to monitor a rowdy student party—and then boom, the rotors came crashing through her boyfriend's wall, trashing the room.

Even worse? G4TV, which produces the show, has completely ignored the incident, refusing to acknowledge any emails from strawberryjams and her boyfriend.

So, uh, what's up G4? I'm not sure if I can watch your binge drinking opus if I know you occasionally crash helicopters into the homes of innocent people and then turn your back on them. Do the right thing. [Reddit]

Update: A network spokesperson from NBC Universal, G4TV's parent company, hit us with the following statement regarding the chopper incident:

All of us at G4 would like to express our concern for anyone affected by the helicopter crash that took place in Indiana, Pennsylvania while Cineflix (Campus 4) Inc was filming "Campus PD," a show that G4 licenses for exhibition in the U.S. Cineflix has communicated to us that they have been in contact with the investigative authorities and G4 expects that all questions and concerns will be addressed. We are grateful that no one on the ground was injured, and wish the Cineflix crew members a speedy recovery.

DISCUSSION

Why would G4 be responsible? The production company should be if it was their helicopter (which is not at all clear from the wording of the article). Networks always require that productions be insured before work starts.

Additionally, the helicopter would not have been owned by the production or flown by anyone directly employed as part of the production staff, so you can argue that the company providing flight service would be liable. If I hire a taxi and the driver hits someone should I be liable for damages inflicted?

The complainants need to take initial action agains the pilot and/or helicopter owner. It's an easier case to prove and win if it comes to litigation. Let someone else with bigger pockets sue higher up the food chain if they think they can win.

IANAL, but I do work in TV production and a great deal of thought goes into indemnification and insurance.