Makers of Cruise film sued
The producers of Hollywood actor Tom Cruise’s upcoming film Mena have been sued by the wife of one of the two crew members who were killed in a plane crash during shooting of the film in Colombia last September.
The producers and the latepilot’s estate have been sued for wrongful death.
The crash happened during bad weather as crew members were being transported.
“Defendants knew that the accident aircraft would be flown over rugged, mountainous terrain and in the Republic of Colombia, and yet failed to ensure that [pilot] Carlos Berl was competent, qualified, rested and sufficiently informed for the flight,” states the complaint filed by wife and children of Alan Purwin, one of the men who was killed.
The suit names Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Vendian Entertainment and Quadrant Pictures as defendants and claims Berl was not actually a member of the crew and producers violated the closed set policies by allowing him on location.
In addition to the production companies, Purwin’s family is suing the estate of Berl, who is Colombian and was also killed in the crash.
A third man, Jimmy Lee Garland, was also injured in the accident in September.
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