Two Crewmembers on Tom Cruise’s ‘Mena’ Dead From Plane Crash

12 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hollywood pilot on Tom Cruise film killed in Colombia crash.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A small plane assigned to the crew of a movie starring Tom Cruise crashed in the Colombian Andes 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 aircraft carrying crew members crashed while returning to Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellin following production wrap on the film Mena resulting in two fatalities,” a spokesperson for Mena’s distributor Universal Pictures told Mirror Celebs. “Further details are not available at this time. An official with the aviation agency, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter, said Cruise was not on the aircraft.

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. 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 plane 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. 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.” He sat at the controls of a helicopter for the first time at age 16 and two years later took his first flying job crop dusting in Indiana, according to Helinet’s website. “Alan’s enduring passion for film and flying has created aerial footage loved by millions around the world,” according to an online bio on the website of Shotover, an aerial cinematography subsidiary of Helinet.

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