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Six feared dead in small plane crash off Costa Rican coast – German businessman behind Gold’s Gym apparently among the victims

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Six feared dead in small plane crash off Costa Rican coast – German businessman behind Gold’s Gym apparently among the victims

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

PUBLISHED: 12:19 EDT, 22 October 2022 | UPDATED: 19:34 EDT, 22 October 2022

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Six people, apparently including the German businessman behind Gold’s Gym, were feared dead Saturday after a small plane crashed into the Caribbean just off the Costa Rican coast.

All five passengers were believed to be German citizens, Security Minister Jorge Torres said. The plane’s pilot was Swiss. 

A flight plan filed for the small, charter plane listed Rainer Schaller as a passenger. A man by the same name runs international chains of fitness and gym outlets, including Gold’s Gym and McFit. 

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At least one other of those aboard the plane seemed to be a relative of Schaller, but the relation was not immediately confirmed by authorities. 

Costa Rican authorities said pieces of the twin-engine turboprop aircraft were found in the water Saturday, after the flight went missing Friday.

This handout photo provided by Costa Rica's Public Security Ministry shows flight passengers' personal belongings recovered from Caribbean waters along with pieces of a twin-engine turboprop aircraft, in Limon, Costa Rica, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022

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This handout photo provided by Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry shows flight passengers’ personal belongings recovered from Caribbean waters along with pieces of a twin-engine turboprop aircraft, in Limon, Costa Rica, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022

Six people, apparently including a German business magnate, were feared dead Saturday after the small plane crashed into the Caribbean just off the Costa Rican coast

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