Three of the pilots hired for the movie were involved in a plane crash during filming when their twin-engine Piper Smith Aerostar 600 went down in the mountains. Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl died on the scene, while Jimmy Lee Garland was left without feeling in the lower half of his body. “The demands of filming in Colombia, together with Cruise’s and director Doug Liman’s enthusiasm for multiple takes of lavish flying sequences, added hours to every filming day and added days to the schedule,” state the documents.
The families of Purwin and Berl are suing producers of the film ― Imagine Entertainment, Vendian Entertainment and Cross Creek Pictures ― alleging in the new documents that Cruise and director Doug Liman contributed to the tragedy with excessive flight demands.
Cruise and Liman aren’t named in the suit, but it still deems them “negligent,” per People.
“American Made,” set for release Sept. 29, stars Cruise as a CIA hire and drug smuggler during the ’80s.
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The original crash that killed Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl, and severely injured Jimmy Lee Garland, occurred on September 11, 2015. So far, people have even disagreed about who was flying the plane at the time of the incident, which suggests there will be a lot of conflicting evidence to work through in the varying lawsuits. The lawsuit from the entertainment companies is suggesting that it was S&S Aviation that was negligent with its safety inspections and other maintenance, for example, while S&S is maintaining there were other factors at play.
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Here is more from twitter on this story.
Tom Cruise Blamed For Plane Crash That Killed Two – Fortune https://t.co/uQRSM5nhwg
— Tom Cruise Share (@TomCruiseShare) September 21, 2017
Tom Cruise Partially Blamed for Plane Crash That Killed Two People on Set of American Made https://t.co/2QphXAeAq7
— LaMonte Martin (@lamontay360) September 21, 2017
Tom Cruise partially blamed by families of men killed in American Made plane crash https://t.co/BaBwAd987X
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 20, 2017
— Life For Life (@minhthu222) September 21, 2017
Tom Cruise partially blamed for pilots’ deaths on set of new movie https://t.co/mTF7cuj5Bb
— Archimed Production (@BerlinerSprings) September 21, 2017
According to additional documents, Purwin also wrote an email describing the bad conditions under which they were working and described the project as “the most dangerous project I’ve ever encountered”. “You have no idea the exposure TC (Tom Cruise) and the entire Aerial Team is realizing every time we get in the air,” he wrote. “There’s a very ‘thin line’ between keeping all aerial activities safe and having an accident. Trust me on this!”