A plane crash during the shoot of Tom Cruise’s movie, “Mena” killed two people and seriously injured a third party on Friday night in Medellin Colombia. The Universal Pictures drama has been shooting in Colombia since late August.
“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 Universal spokesperson shared. “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.”
Authorities believe that bad weather caused the twin-engine Aerostar to crash.
Cruise was not on the plane. The two people killed were American film pilot, Alan David Purwin, and Colombian, Carlos Berl. Another American pilot, Jimmy Lee Garland, was wounded and hospitalized in Medellin.
Alan David Purwin was founder and president of Los Angeles-based Helinet Technologies. This provides aerial surveillance technology to law enforcement and government agencies. He’s known for his work on films such as “Transformers,” “Pearl Harbor,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the crew members and their families during this tough time.