Producer of Tom Cruise Film Blames Fatal Crash on Aircraft Owner
“Producer of Tom Cruise Film Blames Fatal Crash on Aircraft Owner”:A producer of the “American Made” movie of 2017 claims in new court documents blaming the crash of an airplane used to transport teams to Tom Cruise’s movie in 2015 in one of two men who perished during the flight.
Alan Purwin, 54, died on September 11, 2015
“Producer Blames Fatal Crash on Aircraft Owner”:Although Purwin was a pilot, he was not in control of the plane, but was sitting in a backseat when he descended on rough terrain. Purwin’s widow Kathryn Purwin and two adult children Kyle and Michaela Purwin filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court in April 2016 against CCP Mena Film Holdings LLC and the estate of Carlos Berl, the man who piloted the aircraft and also died in the accident.
The lawsuit, later transferred to the Santa Monica Superior Court, alleges that the MCP directed or allowed Purwin to travel as a passenger on the aircraft. But in his court papers seeking dismissal of all claims against the company, CCP Mena claims that it has no liability and that Purwin was in charge of the flight and owned the aircraft.
“Producer of Tom Cruise Film”:“Alan Purwin … had full authority and control over the operation of the aircraft on the flight of the accident,” according to MCC court documents. “Alan Purwin made all the decisions about the operation of the aircraft … including deciding … who he allowed on board and who he allowed to operate the aircraft.” CCP Mena “absolutely had zero control over Alan Purwin’s decisions related to the flight of the accident,” according to company court documents.
“Producer of Tom Cruise Film Blames”:Unbeknownst to the producers, Purwin’s company, Heliblack, “began hastening the purchase of the aircraft so that Alan Purwin would try to learn to pilot it,” according to Mena court documents. “The facts now show that Alex Purwin’s arrogant attitude toward FAA rules, designed for the safe operation of the aircraft, overshadowed his lack of qualification to operate the aircraft safely, as well as not ensuring that the aircraft was airworthy.”
Purwin insisted the flight would happen because he wanted to spend the night in accommodations higher than what was available in the area where the plane left, according to CCP Mena court documents.
“Alan Purwin had a great personality and a great taste for luxury to accompany him,” said CCP Mena’s court documents.
A hearing on the PCC Mena’s dismissal motion is scheduled for December 5. Purwin was also president of Helinet, a helicopter service based at Van Nuys Airport. The company assists news programs and filmmakers in delivering airtime sessions.
“Producer of Tom Cruise Film Blames Fatal Crash on Aircraft Owner”:Purwin was raised in North Hollywood. American Made, originally titled Mena, was a drama / thriller released in August 2017. It earned nearly $ 135 million at the box office.