Two of Tom Cruise’s crew members were killed on Friday after a plane they were in crashed near Medellin, Colombia.
According to reports, the small, twin-engine plane, which is used to transport crew members during production, went down with two American pilots and one Colombian pilot on board. The crew had just wrapped up filming their movie Mena for the day when the accident happened.
The deceased have been identified as American pilot Alan David Purwin, and the Colombian Carlos Berl. The other American, Jimmy Garind, was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.
In a statement, a spokesman for Universal Pictures said, ‘An aircraft carrying crew members crashed while returning to Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellin following [the] production wrap on the film Mena resulting in two fatalities. Further details are not available at this time. On behalf of the production, our hearts and prayers go out to the crew members and their families at this difficult time.’
Cruise was not on board when the crash happened, and it seems that he was not even at the movie set at that time as shooting had wrapped up.
Mena tells the real life story about Barry Seal, a pilot who smuggled drugs for drug lord Pablo Escobar. He was shot dead in Baton Rouge in 1986.