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This is where the McFit family wanted to vacation

Saint Joseph – Airy wooden huts in the middle of the jungle an hour and a half drive from Limón Airport (Costa Rica).

Before McFate founder Rainer Schaller, 53, plunged into the sea with partner Christian Sikorsky, 44, and their children Aaron, 6, and Venga, 13, this was where he wanted to go: Congo Bongo Resort.

Rainer Schaller (53) with partner Christian Sikorsky (44) and their children Aaron and Venga

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Schaller took five weeks off for the trip. A big exception, depending on the workforce. Before school life catches up with his kids, they must see something special. Highlight: The penguins in Tierra del Fuego.

► Last Thursday, the 53-year-old kicked off after a business meeting in Los Angeles. In his private plane (“Piaggio P.180 Avanti”) with a private pilot. Then he flew 3,200 kilometers to Mexico with his family. Friday, 11:23 p.m. German time, they took off for Costa Rica.

They booked 2 nights at Congo Bongo Resort. Seven holiday homes (from the equivalent of €134 per night) are ideally located among palm trees and colorful flowers. Dutch operator Daniel Neelemans to Bild: “The next morning we noticed you didn’t check in.”

Mosquito nets can be lowered over the large beds on the elegant wooden floor

Mosquito nets can be lowered over the large beds on the elegant wooden floor


Pure luxury: it was a resort

Pure luxury: Congo Bongo was the planned destination for McFit founder Rainer Schaller


40 kilometers before the end, the machine with the registration D-IRSG lost altitude and was slowing down. At 1.55am German time on Saturday, Piaggio crashed into the Caribbean Sea.

Resort worker Nelemans: “It’s just an unimaginable tragedy.”

The device does not have a flight recorder

In the meantime, it became known that the Schaller machine contained neither a flight recorder nor a communication recording device. The company operating the device reported this to the Costa Rican authorities.

Due to the small size of the aircraft, this was not mandatory either. The head of the Civil Aviation Authority said it was now important to find the fuselage in order to proceed with the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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