Pilot Alan Purwin, on right, seen here with
actor Jamie Foxx, died in a plane crash in
Colombia after the shooting of a Tom Cruise
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
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
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
The plane was en route from the city of
Medellin, according to a post on the aviation
authority’s Twitter account.