Christian Oliverthe German actor whose real name is Christian Klepster, was one of the four victims killed in a small plane crash this Thursday on the private Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as confirmed by local media. He was 51 years old and was accompanied by his youngest daughters, who also lost their lives.
Oliver was traveling to the island of Saint Lucia on a family outing. According to police reports, it is still unclear what caused the accident, so investigations continue. The little girls were identified as Madita Klepser, 10, and Annik Klepser, 12, and they added that the pilot, Robert Sachs, also died.
According to the news agency EFE, the ship departed this Thursday, January 4, around noon local time from James Mitchell Airport in Bequia, territory of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. However, minutes later it fell one nautical mile west of Petit Nevis.
The tragic accident was captured in a video by a citizen who posted on social media, showing the moment the aircraft falls into the water. “The plane has crashed! Call the Coast Guard,” exclaimed the person who recorded the clip.
For its part, the newspaper Searchlight, in San Vicente, reported that Sachs’ last communication with the control tower at the local airport was when he alerted them that he was having problems with the plane, so he wanted to return to the runway. The bodies were rescued by the St. Vincent Coast Guard.
The authorities reported that fishermen and divers in the area They responded to the scene of the accident to help while the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard headed to the area, according to reports from BP Avg. “The selfless and brave acts of the fishermen and divers are greatly appreciated,” police said.
Some residents declared to the Dominican media Step by Step who witnessed that, at the moment of takeoff, the small plane from the Oliver actor had issued a unusual sound: “The noise corresponded to that of a vehicle that had difficulty generating enough strength to climb a hill.”
According to an aviation specialist reported to the same medium, the aerial vehicle would have lost immediately after ascending. In aerodynamics and aviation, a stall consists of the immediate decrease in the lift force of an airplane. Generally, this situation occurs when your angle of attack is greater than a specific threshold.
Christian Oliver was born in Germany in 1972, but became an American citizen. He is recognized for his extensive 15-year career in the film and television industry, standing out for his performances in important films. Speed Racer (2008) y The good German (2006). In the latter, she acted under the direction of Steven Soderbergh and shared credits with actors of the caliber of George Clooney y Cate Blanchettraising his profile in Hollywood and among fans of the seventh art.
Among his first roles in the US was that of Brian Keller in the famous Saved by the Bell: The new class, where he played a Swiss student for the second season of the nineties series. He also appeared as a character in the hit video game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond.
In 2023, he was a voice actor in the acclaimed film Indiana Jones and the call of destinyaccording to IMDb. But until just a few days ago, Oliver was still working towards 2024, as he had just filmed his last scenes on December 20 for the next film Forever Hold Your Peacewhich he has also produced.
The director of the latter film, Nick Lyon, paid tribute to Christian, posting a photo on their last day of filming saying: “We talked about producing a film together for years and we finally did it! Thank you for being a great colleague, actor and friend.”
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