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“It hurts badly”

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Walliser (66) controlled the McFit founder’s death plane – the family mourns

“It hurts badly”

A Swiss was in the cockpit when McFit millionaire Rainer Schaller’s private jet crashed off Costa Rica. Now it’s clear: the pilot comes from Valais.

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An experienced pilot from Valais sat in the cockpit of McFit founder Rainer Schaller’s private plane.

The shocking news arrived in Valais around 10 a.m. on Saturday. A phone call reported the plane crash by McFit founder Rainer Schaller (53) off Costa Rica. A Valais (66) sat in the cockpit. “It hurts brutally,” says the pilot’s son-in-law to “La Nouvelliste”.

“He was an excellent pilot, undoubtedly passionate and extra careful,” he adds. Pierre-Olivier Favre, a Valais pilot and close friend, remembers: “It was he who taught me to fly at the Sion Aero Club in the 1980s. Everywhere he went he made a good impression.”

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