Authorities CONFIRM Gold’s Gym owner Rainer Schaller and his family were on board twin-engine turboprop when the aircraft crashed into the ocean off the coast of Costa Rica, raising fears of their demise- as two bodies have been recovered
- Rainer Schaller, 53, his girlfriend Christiane Schikorsky, 44, and their children Aaron and Finja were on the plane that crashed off the Costa Rica coast
- It is believed that his personal trainer Marcus Kurreck, 40, was also on the flight
- Two bodies – one adult and one child – have been found, but not yet identified. Four still remain missing
- The plane disappeared from radar around 6pm as it traveled from Mexico to Limon. It was scheduled to land at Juan Santamaria airport around 7pm Friday
A millionaire gym owner and his family were on board a small plane that crashed into the ocean off the coast of Costa Rica, authorities confirmed Sunday.
Gold’s Gym owner Rainer Schaller, 53, his girlfriend Christiane Schikorsky, 44, their children Aaron Schaller and Finja Sghikorsky were among the passengers of the twin-engine turbopop on Friday, Costa Rican public ministry sources told AFP.
The announcement confirms a previous report from Schaller’s company, McFit, which said the family was on board the plane, along with the entrepreneur’s personal trainer Marcus Kurreck, 40.
It was being flown by a 66-year-old Swiss pilot when it suddenly disappeared Friday afternoon before parts of the plane were found in the ocean on Saturday.
Authorities have since recovered the bodies of one adult and one child near the wreckage site around 20 miles from the Limon airport — where the plane was due to land.
The victims’ identities have not yet been released, as the other four people on board remain missing and are feared to be dead as well.
Gold’s Gym owner Rainer Schaller, 53, is feared dead after his plane crashed off the coast of Costa Rica on Friday evening
His girlfriend Christiane Schikorsky, 44 (pictured together) and the entrepreneur’s personal trainer Marcus Kurreck, 40, were also on the flight
He was traveling with his children, Aaron Schaller and Finja Sghikorsky. The body of a child has since been recovered, but it remains unclear which child it was
The plane reportedly lost communication with air traffic around Barra de Parismina, which is near Limon, with Costa Rican authorities alerted that the plane went missing a short time later, according to Security Minister Jorge Torres.
‘Around six in the afternoon we received an alert about a flight coming from Mexico to the Limon airport, carrying five German passengers,’ Torres said.
The plane was flying around 275mph and was roughly 230 feet in the air when it lost communication.
It is unknown what caused the plane to crash.
It was scheduled to land at Juan Santamaria airport shortly before 7pm.
A search started immediately but was called off temporarily due to bad weather, but resumed on Saturday.
Costa Rican authorities said pieces of the twin-engine turboprop aircraft were found in the water Saturday after the flight went missing Friday.
The plane was a nine-seat Italian-made Piaggio P180 Avanti, known for its distinctive profile.
Authorities have found two bodies – one adult and one child – among personal belongings and parts of the aircraft
Parts of the Italian-made Piaggio P180 Avanti have been found in the water
Personal belongings, such as makeup bags and backpacks were found by authorities. The flight lost communication with air traffic around 6pm and was found nearly 20 miles away from the airport
Costa Rican authorities said pieces of the twin-engine turboprop aircraft were found in the water Saturday
Schaller is listed as ‘Founder, Owner and CEO of the RSG Group,’ a conglomerate of 21 fitness, lifestyle and fashion brands that operates in 48 countries and has 41,000 employees, either directly or through franchises.
He was in the news in 2010 for his role as organizer of the Berlin Love Parade techno festival. A crush at the event killed 21 people and injured more than 500. Authorities at the time said Schaller’s security failed to stop the flow of people into a tunnel when the situation was already tense at the entrance to the festival grounds.
Schaller fought back against the accusations of wrongdoing, noting that his security concept received official city approval.
Schaller is listed as ‘Founder, Owner and CEO of the RSG Group,’ a conglomerate of 21 fitness, lifestyle and fashion brands that operates in 48 countries and has 41,000 employees, either directly or through franchises
The happy couple (pictured) and the rest of their group was flying from Mexico to Limon
Schikorsky shared a photo of herself on a jet on her social media. It not clear if this is the same plane that crashed
One of the children’s bodies were found, but it is unclear which one
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