The families of pilots Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl, who died on the set of the film "American Made," accused actor Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman of being involved in the tragedy, the Blast reported. On September 2015, Purwin and Berl crashed in Columbia. The lawsuit was filed against Cruise and Liman in April 2016.

Pilots were forced to perform stunts

According to the lawsuit, the film was full of action and risk. It was also claimed that Doug Liman constantly increased working hours.

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Tom Cruise encouraged Liman's decision of adding hours to every filming day and forcing pilots to fly more often than they should. According to one of the executive producers of the film, the shooting turned into the "complete madness."

The pilots Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl crashed when their twin-engine Aerostar 600 went down the mountains in Colombia.

According to the executive producer of the film, the final 48 hours of filming were the most insane in his life. The third pilot, Jimmy Lee Garland, remained alive, but he could no longer walk.

Alan Purvin says 'American made' was the most dangerous project

A few weeks before the crash, Alan Purvin had sent an email to the same executive producer, saying that "There’s a very ‘thin line’ between keeping all aerial activities safe and having an accident. Trust me on this!” He also said that the filming with Aerostar and Tom Cruise was challenging, and he was doing best to keep them safe from any type of accident or incident.

Purvin stressed that he knew what type of work he was going to do, but it turned out that the risk associated with the filming was higher than all expectations. According to the pilot, this was the most dangerous project of all that he had participated.

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The family of the pilots argued that Cruise could also fly the plane himself, calling him "a well-qualified pilot very familiar with the Aerostar and the routing."

The film "American Made" is about a former Trans World Airlines (TWA) pilot Barry Seal, who worked as a drug smuggler for the Medellin cartel and became the informer of the US anti-drug department to avoid prison. Seal participated in the operation to seize the cocaine king Pablo Escobar.

This is the second time a pilot died while shooting a movie with Tom Cruise. During the filming of the blockbuster "Top Gun," the stunt pilot Art Sholl failed to manage during the execution of the aerobatics figure and collapsed into the ocean. Rescue team never found his body.