Plane crash on Tom Cruise movie, ‘Mena’

12 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Plane crash on Tom Cruise movie, ‘Mena’.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A small plane assigned to the crew of a movie starring Tom Cruise crashed in Colombia on Friday, killing two people, including a Los Angeles-based film pilot, and seriously injuring a third, the country’s civilian aviation authority said. An official with the aviation agency, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter, said Cruise was not on the aircraft. The Civil Aviation Authority identified the two Americans on board were pilot and actor Alan David Purwin and pilot Jimmy Lee Garland, according to el Colombiano newspaper. The spokesperson said two American pilots and a Colombian were on the plane, but authorities were still trying to identify which of the two people died.

The Administrative Department of Prevention, Assistance and Disaster Recovery of Antioquia told the station that two of the passengers were found dead and the third was taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Medellin, the station reported. Cruise, a trained pilot, arrived last month in Colombia to film a movie called Mena, about a pilot who worked for the late cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar.

The official said the twin-engine Aerostar ran into bad weather late Friday afternoon after taking off from the colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia for a short flight to Medellin. Purwin was founder and president of the Los Angeles-based Helinet Technologies, a company providing aerial surveillance technology to law enforcement and government agencies. On the company’s website, he’s described as “one of the top film pilots of his generation” with a list of credits from television and major Hollywood movies such as “Transformers,” ”Pearl Harbor,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

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