Actor Tom Cruise is getting fallout from a plane crash on the set of his new film “American Made” in which two men were killed, according to court documents obtained by People.
The documents were filed by the families of the two men, who are suing Imagine Entertainment, Vendian Entertainment and Cross Creek Pictures for wrongful death and damages in connection with the September 2015 crash. Cruise is not named as a defendant, but People reports that the suit alleges he is partially to blame for the accident, which took place during filming in Colombia.
“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,” People reports. “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 report quotes the documents stating: “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 filing alleges that the production companies ignored safety procedures to save time and money, People notes.
“Lapses in planning, coordinating, scheduling, and flight safety that were the Defendants’ responsibility resulted in an unqualified and unprepared pilot being pressed into service for a dangerous flight in a vintage aircraft across an unfamiliar mountain pass in bad weather,” the documents state.
The plaintiffs accuse Cruise and Liman of being negligent in allowing the flight to occur under the circumstances, the report notes.