02/28/2013 11:18 EST | Updated 04/30/2013 05:12 EDT

Memorial Set For Canadian Filmmaker Killed In Plane Crash


A memorial will be held Saturday in Calgary for Canadian TV director and cameraman John Driftmier, who died in a plane crash in Kenya.

Driftmier, 30, is known for shooting TV documentary shows in extreme conditions — from the frigid Arctic in winter to sweltering jungles in tropical hotspots.

His small plane crashed during a morning location shoot, his family was told Sunday.

Montreal production company Pixcom eventually released a statement about the crash, which also killed the pilot, later that day.

Born in Calgary, Ottawa-based Driftmier had been shooting footage for the Discovery Canada doc series Dangerous Flights, which follows ferry pilots responsible for delivering small, private planes to customers around the globe.

Driftmier had been slated to return on Monday after having completed a three-week shoot for the second season of Dangerous Flights.

Ottawa funeral planned later in March

His family confirmed the memorial will be held at 2 p.m. MT Saturday at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Calgary.

A funeral will also be held in Ottawa later in March, but it is not yet known if it will be open to the public.

Driftmier studied documentary filmmaking at Simon Fraser University before travelling to more than 30 countries for Dangerous Flights.

Driftmier had also shot other Discovery Channel shows such as Highway Thru Hell and Licence to Drill. He also filmed two seasons of History Television's Ice Pilots NWT.

His directing credits include shows like Monster Moves, All For Nothing and Heavy Haulers.

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