Gold’s Gym parent company confirms CEO was on crashed plane

A representative of RSG Group’s gyms, including Gold’s Gym and McFit, said founder and CEO Rainer Schaller. Family and friends confirmed he was on board a small plane that disappeared off radar off the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. (Chris D Swabb, Shutterstock)

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Founder and CEO Rainer Schaller, press representative of RSG Group’s sports group, including Gold’s Gym and McFit. Family and friends have confirmed they were aboard a small plane that disappeared off radar off the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. .

Rainer Schaller, company spokeswoman Kristen Kauffman. A letter was released Monday confirming his family and two other people were on board when the plane crashed.

Searchers found two bodies in the sea; The company has not yet confirmed Schaller’s death, although luggage and pieces of the plane were found.

“We are shocked, shocked and saddened by this tragic incident,” RSG said in a statement. “We have been deeply shocked by the news over the last few days and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult hour.”

“The situation is currently under investigation at the site and we cannot comment further at this time. We ask for your understanding.”

Schaller is the founder of RSG Group; Listed as the owner and CEO of a fitness, fitness and wellness company operating in 48 countries. 21 lifestyle and fashion brands and 41,000 employees.

On Sunday, Costa Rica’s security ministry said the bodies of an adult and a child were found 17 miles up the coast from Limon Airport, but the bodies have not yet been identified.

Searchers carry backpacks; Bags and pieces of aircraft were also searched.

All five passengers are German nationals. The pilot of the plane is a Swiss citizen.

Costa Rican authorities said they found the wreckage of the twin-engine turboprop plane Friday after the flight went missing.

The aircraft is an Italian-made Piaggio P180 Avanti nine-seat aircraft known for its unique profile. It disappeared from the radar while heading for the coastal resort town of Limon.

The Ministry of Security said the plane had departed from Mexico.

Schaller was in the news in 2010 as the organizer of the Berlin Love Parade techno festival. 21 people were killed and more than 500 injured at the festival. At the time, authorities said Schaller’s security failed to stop the flow of people into the tunnel during a tense situation at the entrance to the festival grounds.

Schaller countered the allegations of misrepresentation, noting that his security concept had official city approval.

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