Saugus, CA Movie Filming Accident Kills Vic Morrow and 2 Children, July 1982

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Spokesmen for Warner Brothers, producers of the film, said gasoline and gun powder charges were being set off to simulate battlefield conditions, and debris thrown up by the explosions struck and knocked off the rear rotors of the helicopter.
The aircraft went out of control and crashed into the river, with the large blades striking the actors.

MAO-CHUAN CHEN, the mother of RENEE, was only a few yards away when the accident occurred, killing her only child. She and her family had come from Taiwan five years ago.
RENEE, a kindergarten pupil, had never appeared in a movie before. She was not a member of the Screen Actors Guild or the Screen Extras Guild, spokesmen for those agencies said. A friend of the family had told the CHENS that Vietnamese looking children were being sought to appear in a film.

The parents of MY-CA DINH LE are natives of Vietnam who have lived in Cerritos for about seven years. The boy's father also was present when his son was killed.
Warner Brothers spokesman Robert Friedman said he did not have an explanation for the alleged child labor law violations, and did not know who hired the children, how much they were paid or whether they were considered extras or principals in the film.
Six people in the helicopter suffered minor injuries including director John Landis who was described as "in shock" after the accident.
Bacon said that state law requires the production company to file work permits for the children but his office had no record of such permits and under no circumstances could the children be required to work after 6:30 p.m.

Several investigations got under way Saturday including an examination of the crashed aircraft by the National Safety Transportation Board.
The state Labor Commission, the Actors Guild, the production company and the manufacture of the Bell 205 helicopter also were conducting investigations.
A funeral service was scheduled for MORROW Tuesday at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Culver City.
Services for the children were being handled by Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale but times and dates of services were not announced.

Logansport Pharos-Tribune Indiana 1982-07-25