Hollywood star Christian Oliver, 2 daughters die in Caribbean plane crash
American actor Christian Oliver and his two daughters have died in the Caribbean as the result of a plane crash.
The trio was traveling in an airplane that "plummeted into the ocean" shortly after departure from an island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, according to officials and sources, as Fox News reported.
Robert Sachs, a resident of the island of Bequia, was the pilot of a tiny, single-engine aircraft that fell into the water around one nautical mile west of the island of Petit Nevis at approximately noon on Thursday, according to the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF).
Just a few moments after it had taken off, the airplane had some difficulties and crashed into the water instead.
Sachs, together with his three passengers on board, Christian Klepser and his daughters Madita, 12, and Annik, 10, were positively identified by the police as the victims.
According to the media, Klepser is known by the stage name Christian Oliver. According to his website, he has "worked with the likes of Steven Soderbergh in The Good German opposite Cate Blanchett and George Clooney, Brian Singer and Tom Cruise in Valkyrie, and the Wachowski's in Speed Racer and Sense8."
In addition, the actor made an appearance in the film adaptation of the well-known book series The Babysitters Club, which was released in 1995.
Social Media Response
In his most recent post on Instagram just days before the crash, Oliver shared a photo of people gathered on a beach and wrote, "Greetings from somewhere in paradise! To community and love… 2024 here we come!"
In another social media post, actress Bai Ling who was reportedly working with Oliver for the upcoming film Forever Hold Your Peace, wrote, "I just could not believe it is the truth, the last we worked filming in Hollywood was December 20th 2023, just right before Christmas."
"He was so. nice, works so hard and such a brave actor and a beautiful gentle person, we played lovers in this film, just so so so sad... And his daughters were so so young," she added.
According to the local news website Searchlight, Sachs had a dive business in Bequia and had radioed the airport's control tower to alert them that he was heading in the opposite direction due to issues he was encountering.
A medical examiner was set to examine the victims' bodies, according to the police, who have already transferred them to the island of St. Vincent.
"The RSVGPF expresses condolences to all who are negatively affected by this tragic incident," it a police statement added. "The RSVGPF will update the public as more information is gathered."