Tom Cruise partially blamed for two pilots’ deaths on set

The family of two pilots killed in a plane crash on the set of ‘American Made’ filed a lawsuit alleging that Tom Cruise had to take responsibility for the accidents.

On September 12, 2015, a plane crash occurred on the set of American Made starring Tom Cruise. In the filming process, three pilots were hired to drive a plane during the actions. However, the plane unexpectedly crashed when flying over a remote mountainous area of Colombia. Two pilots Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl died while the other one, Jimmy Lee Garland, became paralyzed. Up to now, the families of the victims have already filed a lawsuit, claiming that the crew, especially Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman, were responsible for the accident. 

Tom Cruise is blamed for being an indirect cause of the two pilots’ deaths. Photo: CCP. 

They thought that both Tom Cruise and the director meant to put the pilots’ lives at risk just to have vivid stunts. 

Moreover, the victims’ family asserted that in order to cut down the expenses, the crew refused to ensure the safety of the pilots, which contributed to the traumatic accident. 

The pilots’ families stated in the document: "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". 

The plane crashed into a cliff on the set of ‘American Made’. Photo: Getty. 

According to the plaintiffs, the movie’s director and producer made huge mistakes in planning and ensuring the flight’s safety. The pilots were not carefully equipped, they had to risk their lives for a dangerous scene in the stormy weather. 

Tom Cruise and the director of the movie, Doug Liman, were not included in the list of respondents, but the relatives of the dead pilots said the movie’s leading actor and director had to take responsibility for letting the plane take off in bad weather. 

The families of the two pilots required the crew to pay them a large sum of money. So far, Universal Pictures and Tom Cruise have not given any comments on this case. 

Tom Cruise photographed with pilot Alan Purwin - one of two unlucky men killed in the car crash. Photo: Instagram. 

In addition, a member of the crew had claimed that Tom Cruise and the director were over- ambitious in the filming when intentionally adding unnecessary and unsafe scenes into the movie.  

American Made was released early in several countries from August 2017. On September 29th, the movie premiered in North America.

By: Chris Stewart

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