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Family of Pilot Killed on Set of Tom Cruise Movie Settle Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of one of the pilots killed in a plane crash on the set of Tom Cruise’s movie American Made have reportedly agreed a wrongful death settlement.

Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl lost their lives in September 2015 when the small plane they were piloting hit bad weather and crashed in the Colombian Andes. A third man, Jimmy Garland, survived the accident.


Purwin and Berl’s families filed wrongful death lawsuits against the production companies behind American Made, alleging the film’s director Doug Liman and Cruise were negligent in allowing them to take off on their fatal flight.

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According to documents obtained by editors at The Blast, Berl’s family have now reached an agreement with the film’s insurers, the Great American Insurance Company.

Legal papers show bosses at the insurer have, “agreed to pay the confidential settlement sums” to settle the the Berl family’s lawsuit.

Although Cruise and Liman were not named as defendants in the complaint, the families’ complaint alleged the actor and director’s determination to shoot “lavish” flying sequences added days to the filming schedule and that the demands of filming in the Colombian jungle made flying dangerous.

Cruise plays pilot turned drug smuggler Barry Seal in the semi-fictional biopic, which was released in August (17).

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