One of the stars of a reality TV has been killed in a plane crash.Darrell Ward, 52, star of “Ice Road Truckers” died after the four-seater plane he was travelling in crashed southeast of the city of Missoula. Local sheriff Captain Bill Burt said it appeared the pilot had been trying to land at a small airstrip but “something went drastically wrong”.
The plane went through some trees, witnesses said, hitting some of them as it did so. Captain Burt said the pilot had bought the Cessna 182 on Friday.
A statement on Darrell Ward’s Facebook page said he had been attending The Great American Truck Show in Dallas before flying to Montana. It said Ward had been due to begin filming “a pilot for his new documentary style show involving the recovery of plane wrecks”. Paying tribute, the statement added: “The things Darrell loved most were his family, including his kids and grand-kids & trucking.”Ice Road Truckers, which is made by the History Channel, features lorry drivers battling freezing conditions to deliver supplies to remote areas of Canada and Alaska. The show – which has attracted around 900,000 viewers per episode on Channel 5 in the UK – has run for 10 seasons.