Gold’s Gym owner and 5 others feared dead after plane crash off the coast of Costa Rica
Saying the owners of Gold’s Gym would give no interviews for the year, Gold’s Gym owner and five others missing after a plane crash off the coast of Costa Rica. (Source: CBS News)
(CBS NEWS) With only two survivors and no survivors, who could be out there?
Three months have passed since the death of the parents of Gold’s Gym owner, who was on vacation in Costa Rica when his private plane went into a nose dive, only to smash into a rocky cliff at the end of the runway.
Five of the Gold’s Gym family members are now unaccounted for since the flight crashed off the coast of Costa Rica.
The Gold’s Gym owner, John M. Smith Jr., was a former United Airlines pilot who has been described as the most dedicated to his family, and to his employees, of any of the Gold’s Gym family members. Smith had been a pilot for 19 years, a former instructor and a former commercial airline pilot for United Airlines.
Also found deceased is the former owner of Gold’s Gym, Tom Vila, the former chief of security for Gold’s Gym and former police chief for the City of San Jose, California, and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force.
The Gold’s Gym owners were found to be on their second honeymoon, on their second vacation, and taking a second honeymoon. None of them could bear the thought of returning empty-handed, and so they all chose to fly to San Jose. The couple owned several planes as well, including a Bombardier business jet.
Tom Vila’s husband was the chief of security for Gold’s Gym. He also worked for the City of San Jose as a police officer and retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force.
The Gold’s Gym family and the pilots of the plane have been unable to come to terms on why the plane went out of control after takeoff from an Aerodrome in Santa Cruz del Norte, Costa