UPDATED, EXCLUSIVE SUNDAY, 3:06PM: Deadline has learned that the person who was injured yesterday after falling from a helicopter outside the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita, CA was SEAL Team actor Justin Melnick. However, the accident the actor was involved with was on a private commercial shoot and completely unrelated to the CBS action war series.
Melnick previously served as the dog handler on SEAL Team before being promoted to a recurring actor status, playing Brock Reynolds. Deadline hears that Melnick is home and recouping with no serious injuries. Authorities yesterday said that he fell 15 to 20 feet while fast roping from the helicopter.
Melnick works with Belgian Maliniois Dita who plays an explosives detection dog on SEAL Team, the canine performing stunts on helicopter rides to climbing ladders. Melnick originally trained her as part of a search and rescue team with the Indiana police force he worked with, and then later switched her to narcotics detection.
UPDATE, Saturday 9:30PM: Deadline has learned that it was possibly a stuntman who fell 15-20 feet from a helicopter this afternoon outside Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita, CA and was rushed to the hospital. The person was fast roping from the helicopter.
“His injuries appear to be very minimal,” Sgt. Aaron Jacob, watch sergeant at the LA County Sheriff’s station in Santa Clarita tells Deadline.
Local authorities and Blue Cloud Movie Ranch provided no details as to which film or TV production was shooting when the accident occurred.
PREVIOUS, Saturday 7:47PM: A male adult who was rappelling from a helicopter and fell near the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch was hospitalized on late Saturday afternoon.
According to Los Angeles County Fire Department reports and radio station KHTS the person was conscious in stable condition when first responders arrived on the scene.
Deadline reached out to the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch tonight who provided no comment, and no indication as to which TV or film production was involved with the helicopter incident.
The Blue Cloud Movie Ranch is a 250-acre movie studio that’s 30 miles north of Los Angeles with locations that can double for the Middle East and Afghanistan. Such feature productions shot there include Iron Man, Iron Man 3, American Sniper as well as TV series Arrested Development, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and True Blood.
The details leading up to the man’s fall were not immediately known as of tonight. We’ll update you as we find out more.