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Gold’s Gym parent company announces CEO and family plane crash off coast of Costa Rica

Gold's Gym parent company announces CEO and family plane crash off coast of Costa Rica
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The RSG Group, which owns brands like McFit and Gold’s Gym gyms, confirmed that its CEO Rainer Schaller and his family were on board the plane that disappeared off the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica on Friday.

“We are shocked, stunned and saddened by this tragic plane crash in which our founder, owner and Managing director Rainer Schaller was on board with his family and two other people,” RSG Group said in a statement on its website.

“We are shocked, stunned and saddened by this tragic plane crash in which our founder, owner and CEO Rainer Schaller was on board along with his family and two other people.”

– Declaration of the RSG Group

CEOs of McFit Rainer Schaller and Christiane Schikorsky

McFit CEO Rainer Schaller and Christiane Schikorsky arrive for the 20th GQ Men of the Year Award at the Komische Oper on Aug. 08, 2018 in Berlin. (Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for GQ Germany/Getty Images)

The company said its “thoughts are with the family at this difficult hour.”

GERMAN GYM TYCOON RAINER SCHALLER, PARTNERS AND CHILDREN IN PLANE THAT MISSED OFF COSTA RICAN COAST

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Security said Sunday that two unidentified bodies, an adult and a child, were found during a search for the six missing.

Rainer Schaller McFit Gym Germany

Rainer Schaller poses at the McFIT Studio fitness center in Cologne, western Germany, on May 11, 2020, as the place reopened at midnight after being locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Germany’s Bild newspaper previously reported that Schaller’s partner Christiane Schikorsky and her children were the other passengers on board.

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The plane, a nine-seat Italian-made Piaggio P180 Avanti, took off from Mexico on Friday and disappeared from radar as it flew to Limon, a resort town on the coast.

“Around six o’clock in the afternoon we received a notification of a flight from Mexico to Limón Airport with five German passengers,” said Security Minister Jorge Torres.

Gold's Gym

People exercise at a Gold’s Gym on March 16, 2020 in Washington, DC (Alex Wong/Getty Images/Getty Images)

However, the authorities initiated search protocols over the weekend bad weather a nocturnal search prevented. Costa Rican authorities said parts of the twin-engine turboprop plane were found in the water on Saturday.

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The RSG Group is a conglomerate of over 20 fitness, lifestyle and fashion brands which operates in 48 countries and employs 41,000 people either directly or through franchise companies.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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