SAN PEDRO DE LOS MILARGROS, COLOMBIA -- Dramatic death-defying aerial stunts are pretty common in Tom Cruise movies.
But what happened during Cruise’s latest movie shoot wasn’t scripted.
On Friday, a small plane carrying three crew members crashed in Colombia; killing two and seriously injuring another. Cruise was not on that plane.
Reports say two American pilots and a Colombian citizen were on board a twin-engine craft when it went down. All three were working on Cruise’s upcoming film, Mena.
Universal Pictures says the crew was in flight from Medellin where they just wrapped shooting. Seasoned pilot, Alan Purwin, was among those killed.
"He was an excellent pilot, he was a good guy, he had a lot of integrity-- I think everybody thought that," pilot Scott Reiff recalled.
"He really knew how to build a company and a corporation and he'd done everything. So, I don't see anybody in the helicopter industry, that I've ever heard of or known, that has the name or the reputation that he does."
Purwin was no stranger to Hollywood sets. His IMDB profile includes pilot credits for Straight Outta Compton, Taken 3 and The Hunger Games part 2, to name a few.
Universal Pictures issued this statement: "On behalf of the production, our hearts and prayers go out to the crew members and their families at this difficult time."
Cruise plays a drug smuggling pilot in the movie Mena, which is set to be released in 2017.