An official from the RSG Group of gyms, which owns Gold’s Gym and McFit, acknowledged to the media that founder and CEO Rainer Schaller, his family, and friends were on board a tiny jet that vanished from radar just off the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.
In a statement released on Monday, company spokesperson Kristen Kauffman stated that Rainer Schaller, “his family, and two other persons” were all aboard the aircraft at the time of the disaster.
The business declined to confirm his passing despite the fact that searchers discovered two bodies, luggage, and airplane parts in the water.
The RSG said, “We are horrified, surprised, and full of grief at this tragic accident.
According to the company’s website, Schaller is the “Founder, Owner, and CEO of the RSG Group,” which includes 21 fitness, lifestyle, and fashion companies and employs 41,000 people directly or through franchises in 48 different countries.
According to Costa Rica’s Security Ministry on Sunday, the bodies of one adult and one child were discovered at a location about 17 miles (28 kilometers) off the coast from the Limon airport.
However, the victims had not yet been recognized.
Additionally, the searchers discovered luggage, backpacks, and airplane parts.
The five passengers were all nationals of Germany.
The Swiss pilot of the aircraft.
After the flight went missing on Friday, pieces of the twin-engine turboprop aircraft were reportedly discovered in the water on Saturday, according to Costa Rican police.
The aircraft was a nine-seat Piaggio P180 Avanti, an Italian design distinguished by its unusual shape.
As it approached the coastal tourist town of Limon, it vanished from the radar.
According to the security ministry, the flight originated in Mexico.
As the director of the Berlin Love Parade techno festival, Schaller made headlines in 2010.
At the event, a crash left more than 500 people injured and 21 dead.
Authorities at the time claimed that Schaller’s security was negligent in failing to prevent the flow of people into a tunnel when things were already tense at the festival grounds’ entrance.
In response to the claims of impropriety, Schaller pointed out that his security plan had gained official city approval.