Tom Cruise Loses Two ‘Mena’ Crew Members In Plane Crash
Tom Cruise lost two crew members from his movie Mena after the small plane they were in crashed near Medellin, Colombia on Friday. Cruise, himself a pilot, was not on the plane.
The deceased have been identified as Alan David Purwin, a renowned pilot, and Colombia native Carlos Berl. Jimmy Lee Garind, the other pilot onboard, was taken to a Medellin hospital, where he remains in intensive care.
A spokesman for Universal Pictures, the studio behind Cruise’s movie Mena, said in a statement, “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.” The spokesman added, “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.”
The twin-engine plane that crashed was used during production to help transport crew members. Mena, directed by Doug Liman, tells the story of real-life pilot and drug smuggler Barry Seal (played by Cruise), who worked for Colombian cocaine lord Pablo Escobar. Seal was shot dead in Baton Rouge in 1986 allegedly by members of Escobar’s drug cartel.
Neither Liman nor Cruise, who wrapped production on the movie shortly before the crash, have issued statements about the tragedy.