Schaller’s company confirms he and his family were on a plane that crashed on Friday
The RSG Group has confirmed that its CEO and Gold’s Gym owner, Rainer Schaller, was aboard a twin-engine turboprop aircraft that crashed in Costa Rica.
The small plane, a nine-seat Italian-made Piaggio P180 Avanti, was carrying Rainer and his family before it disappeared from radar on Friday. The aircraft is said to have been headed to Limon.
“We can confirm that Rainer Schaller, his family, and two other people were on board the aircraft at the time of the crash. As the situation is currently still being investigated on-site, we cannot comment further at this time and ask for your understanding,” Schaller’s company said in a statement.
The RSG Group, which includes Gold’s Gym and McFit, didn’t confirm Schaller’s death, although reports indicate that searchers have discovered two bodies as well as luggage and aircraft pieces. The crash wreckage was found at sea.
“We are shocked, stunned, and full of grief about this tragic accident,” The RSG Group shared in the statement. “The news during the last few days has shaken us deeply, and our thoughts are with the family in these difficult hours. As the situation is currently still being investigated on-site, we cannot comment further at this time and ask for your understanding.”
Schaller is founder and CEO of The RSG Group, which operates 21 fitness, lifestyle, and fashion brands with a presence in 48 countries.
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