The press representative of the RSG Group of gym outlets, including the Gold Gym and McFit, confirmed on Monday that the founder and CEO Rainer Schaller, family and friends were on board a small plane that disappeared from the radar outside Costa Rica of the Caribbean coast. (Chris D Swabb, Shutterstock)
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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – A spokesperson for the RSG Group of gym outlets, including Gold’s Gym and McFit, confirmed Monday that founder and CEO Rainer Schaller, family and friends were on board a small plane that disappeared off the radar outside Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. . .
Company spokeswoman Kristen Kauffman released a statement Monday confirming that Rainer Schaller, “his family, and two other people were on board the plane at the time of the accident.”
The company has not confirmed Schaller’s death, although searchers found two bodies, luggage and pieces of the plane in the sea.
“We are shocked, appalled, and deeply saddened by this tragic accident,” the RSG statement said. “The news over the past few days has moved us deeply, and our thoughts are with the family in these difficult hours.”
“As this situation is still being investigated on site, we cannot comment further at this time and ask for your understanding.”
Schaller is listed as “Founder, Owner and CEO of RSG Group,” a conglomerate of 21 fitness, lifestyle and fashion brands that operates in 48 countries and has 41,000 employees, directly or through franchises.
On Sunday, Costa Rica’s Defense Ministry said the bodies of an adult and a child had been found 17 kilometers off the coast of Limon airport, but said the bodies had not yet been identified.
The raiders also recovered backpacks and bags, as well as parts of the plane.
All five passengers were German nationals. The pilot was Swiss.
Costa Rican authorities said pieces of the plane’s turboprop engine were found in the water on Saturday, after the plane went missing on Friday.
The plane was a nine-seater Piaggio P180 Avanti, known for its distinctive profile. It disappeared from radar as it headed for Limon, a beach resort town.
The defense minister said the plane had departed from Mexico.
Schaller was in the news in 2010 for his role as organizer of the Berlin Love Parade techno festival. The crushing incident killed 21 people and injured more than 500. The authorities at the time said that Schaller’s security did not prevent the flow of people in the tunnel when the situation was already difficult to enter the festival grounds.
Schaller also fought back against allegations of wrongdoing, noting that his safety idea received official approval from the city.