Gold’s Gym owner and 5 others feared dead after plane crash off the coast of Costa Rica
A plane owned by Gold’s Gym in Costa Rica and operated by an Australian company slammed into the ocean Thursday afternoon with all 17 people on board feared dead, local media reports.
The plane crashed in the waters just off the coast. The coast guard has not yet confirmed the fatality count.
The plane, owned by Golds Gym in Costa Rica, was carrying 15 people and two chaperones, CNN reports:
– The plane crashed into the ocean near Arrecife. It was carrying six people who were expected in the United States to study as Golds Gym owner, Robert Gold, was to speak at a university in the United States, according to a statement from Gold’s Gym.
– The chaperones on the flight were two men, a woman and two children, according to the statement.
– The plane crashed into the water about 1.5 miles off the coast of Arrecife.
– All 17 people on board the plane are believed to be dead, according to the Costa Rican Coast Guard.
– The plane, operated by Southern Star Airways, was owned by Gold’s Gym, according to a statement from the Gold’s Gym founder.
The plane was registered to Gold’s Gym.
Two chaperones and one child on board the plane are from Australia. Another one of the two chaperones was from the United States.
The plane crashed into the water, according to the Costa Rican Costa Rica’s foreign ministry.
The captain and the co-pilot on the flight have been identified as Costa Rican citizens, according to news reports.
A spokeswoman for Southern Star Airways told CNN that a “plane accident” occurred, and that there were no survivors.
She said the jet “sank very deep into the water” about 1.5 miles off the coast.
“Unfortunately, there were no survivors,” she said.
Southern Star Airways said it was cooperating with the Costa Rican National Search and Rescue Agency and the Costa Rica Civilian Aviation Agency.
“We are doing everything in our power to be as efficient as possible. We will spare no effort to recover all our passengers and crew as soon as possible in order to do their next of kin as justice as possible,” she said.
The Costa Rica civil aviation agency confirmed the death of the plane’s