COLOMBIA – A small plane carrying crew members from a movie starring Tom Cruise crashed in Colombia Friday killing two people, according to the country’s aviation authority and Universal Pictures.
The crew members had just wrapped up work on the new film “Mena,” Universal Pictures said in a statement.
“On behalf of the production, our hearts and prayers go out to the crew members and their families at this difficult time,” the statement said.
Colombia’s Civil Aviation Authority confirmed the crash and two deaths. Another person was injured, the authority said.
Pilot Alan D. Purwin was one of the people killed, said Jack Snyder, an executive at Helinet Aviation, which owns the plane.
Purwin has endowed Hollywood movies and TV series with sweeping areal footage as a pilot carrying camera teams since working on the production of “Airwolf” in 1984, according to his profile on the Internet Movie Database. He also appeared in cameo roles as pilot in many productions including “Jurassic World,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Indecent Proposal.”
Purwin’s twin-engine propeller plane crashed in the town of San Pedro de los Milargros in the region of Antioquia, the aviation authority said.
The plane was en route from the city of Medellin, according to a post on the aviation authority’s Twitter account.