Plane Crash On Tom Cruise Movie Set Kills Two Crew Members

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 movie

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 movie

[CNN] 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.

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A small plane assigned to the crew of a film starring Tom Cruise crashed in Colombia. (San Predro de los Milagros Fire Department / AP)

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 aerial 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.

The Los Angeles Times reported that actor Tom Cruise was not on the plane.

Rescue teams inspect the remains of a small twin-engine plane that crashed in La Clarita, San Pedro, east of Medellin late on September 11, 2015. RAUL ARBOLEDA / AFP – Getty Images

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