Drone crash on Netflix set causes ‘serious disfigurement’ to actor’s face

A high-profile Taiwanese actor was badly injured during a Netflix shoot recently when a camera drone collided together with his face.

Kai Ko suffered what his manager described as “serious disfigurement,” together with his injuries requiring as many as 30 stitches near his cheekbone, Variety reported.

The accident occurred on December 27, but has only recently been reported. It took place through the making of a Mandarin-language fantasy series called Agent From Above, produced by Singapore’s mm2 Asia and Taiwan’s Good Movies Production.

The show’s producers told Variety that the crew has restarted work, but Ko has not yet returned to the set as he’s being given more time to rest and recuperate.

In an announcement, the producers were keen to indicate that the crew was using the camera-equipped drone inside standard safety guidelines.

Notably, they explained that the drone’s propeller blades were “shielded by a protective layer and there was no explosion or blades shattering as reported in some articles.”

It added: “We’re deeply regretful that the accident occurred and injured Kai’s cheeks. Kai was immediately provided medical attention, and his talent management team has also arranged micro-stitching for him.”

The production team has launched a full investigation into the incident to attempt to work out how a shoot using a drone could go so flawed.

Lately, advances in drone technology mean that the flying machines are being increasingly utilized in TV and movie productions for a spread of aerial and low-level shots. Accidents like these are extremely rare during productions, so it’ll be vital to learn the way last month’s incident actually happened.

Netflix has yet to make any public comment in regards to the drone accident.

Ko is a giant star in Taiwan. He gained prominence within the 2011 school drama You Are the Apple of My Eye, which was a serious hit across Asia.

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