1. Star of reality TV’s ‘Ice Road Truckers’ killed in plane crash

Star of reality TV’s ‘Ice Road Truckers’ killed in plane crash

Darrell Ward, 52, was flying to Missoula to begin filming a pilot episode about the recovery of plane wrecks for a new documentary-style show, according to his Facebook page

By: | New York | Published: August 29, 2016 11:58 PM
Darrell Ward, 52, was flying to Missoula to begin filming a pilot episode about the recovery of plane wrecks for a new documentary-style show, according to his Facebook page (Facebook) Darrell Ward, 52, was flying to Missoula to begin filming a pilot episode about the recovery of plane wrecks for a new documentary-style show, according to his Facebook page (Facebook)

One of the stars of “Ice Road Truckers,” a reality TV show about the hazards of driving the frozen highways of northern Canada and Alaska, was killed in a plane crash in Montana over the weekend, a spokeswoman for the History channel said on Monday.

Darrell Ward, 52, was flying to Missoula to begin filming a pilot episode about the recovery of plane wrecks for a new documentary-style show, according to his Facebook page.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of Darrell Ward, a beloved member of the History family,” the channel said in a statement. “He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

The co-pilot of the Cessna 182, 56-year-old Mark Melotz, was also killed when the plane crashed on the shoulder of Interstate 90 while trying to land at a nearby airstrip, according to local media. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Ward had finished filming the 10th season of “Ice Road Truckers,” a show in which drivers haul cargo across dangerous frozen lakes and rivers to remote communities in Canada and Alaska.

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