A plane crash during the shoot of Tom Cruise’s movie “Mena” killed two and seriously injured a third person on Friday night in Medellin, Colombia, the Associated Press reports.
Cruise, a trained pilot, is said not to have been aboard the flight. The two people killed were identified as American film pilot Alan David Purwin and Colombian Carlos Berl. Another American pilot, Jimmy Lee Garind, has been severely injured and rushed to a hospital in Medellin.
Purwin was founder and president of Los Angeles-based Helinet Technologies, which provides aerial surveillance technology to law enforcement and government agencies. He’s worked on such films as “Transformers,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Purwin was recently featured in Variety‘s Artisans video series in a segment about aerial photography.
Local authorities believe that bad weather caused the twin-engine Aerostar to crash against the Alto de la Clarita mountain.
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SOURCE: Variety, Anna Marie de la Fuente