Crew Members On Tom Cruise Film Killed In Plane Crash In Colombia
A small plane carrying crew members of an upcoming Tom Cruise film crashed in the Colombian Andes on Friday, killing two people.
The AP reports one of the dead is Los Angeles-based stunt pilot Alan Purwin, whose most recent credits include the Hunger Games franchise, Jurassic World, and Straight Outta Compton. Purwin was also an active philanthropist—he conducted the first vital organ transplant mission in Los Angeles, was among the first to respond to Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts, and is distinguished as the sole American stunt pilot to fly throughout China.
Also killed in the crash was Colombian Carlos Berl. The third person on board was pilot and flight instructor Jimmy Lee Garland, who survived. Garland was rushed to intensive care in a Medellin hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
The crew had just wrapped the film, Mena, in which Cruise plays pilot Barry Seal, a drug runner for Pablo Escobar. The country's civilian aviation authority said the plane flew into bad weather while en route from colonial village Santa Fe de Antioquia to Medellín, the country's second-largest city.
Universal Pictures released a statement: "On behalf of the production, our hearts and prayers go out to the crew members and their families at this difficult time."