Georgia pilot injured in crash on Tom Cruise movie set recovering in Atlanta

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This photo released by the San Pedro de los Milagros Fire Department shows the wreckage of a small plane assigned to the crew of a film starring Tom Cruise, that crashed, in a rural place of San Pedro de los Milagros, Colombia, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The country's civilian aviation authority said the twin-engine Aerostar crashed Friday after taking off from a small colonial town near Medellin, killing two people, including a Los Angeles-based film pilot, and seriously injuring a third. (San Pedro de los Milagros Fire Department via AP)



Jimmy Lee Garland, the Georgia pilot injured in a South American plane crash that killed two crew members working on the Tom Cruise movie “Mena” has been airlifted back to Atlanta for continued recovery.

The movie filmed in metro Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia before moving to Colombia.

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This photo released by the San Pedro de los Milagros Fire Department shows the wreckage of a small plane assigned to the crew of a film starring Tom Cruise, that crashed, in a rural place of San Pedro de los Milagros, Colombia, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The country's civilian aviation authority said the twin-engine Aerostar crashed Friday after taking off from a small colonial town near Medellin, killing two people, including a Los Angeles-based film pilot, and seriously injuring a third. (San Pedro de los Milagros Fire Department via AP)

This photo released by the San Pedro de los Milagros Fire Department shows the wreckage of a small plane assigned to the crew of a film starring Tom Cruise, that crashed, in a rural place of San Pedro de los Milagros, Colombia, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The country’s civilian aviation authority said the twin-engine Aerostar crashed Friday after taking off from a small colonial town near Medellin, killing two people, including a Los Angeles-based film pilot, and seriously injuring a third. (San Pedro de los Milagros Fire Department via AP)

American film pilot Alan David Purwin and Colombian Carlos Berl, were killed in the Sept. 11 crash. Cruise was not on board. 

Immediately following the accident, members of a community page started rallying prayers and support for Garland, a partner with S&S Aviation in Cherokee County. A member reported that he was in surgery with “a broken arm, both legs broken, punctured lung, and spinal injuries” after the crash. More recently came the good news that Garland was alert and awake.

The community is in prayer for Jimmy Lee Garland, injured in a weather-related accident on the Columbia set of "Mena." Photo: S&S Aviation

The community is in prayer for Jimmy Lee Garland, injured in a weather-related accident on the Columbia set of “Mena.” Photo: S&S Aviation

Updates on the Caring Bridge site established to inform supporters about his condition have indicated that his surgery went well. On Monday, an S&S representative said he’s now back in Atlanta and continuing recovery at an area hospital.

The community’s love for Garland and his family is reflected in the many messages offering prayer and support.

You have SO many people lifting you up to God for healing,” one friend wrote.

Added another, “I am praying for a complete and speedy recovery for you, Jimmy, and peace and wisdom for your family. You still have work to do, God has something special for you.”

 Tom Cruise


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