- Actor Joe Lara and his wife, diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara, have been presumed dead.
- The couple was among seven passengers aboard a plane that crashed into a lake near the American city of Nashville. Operations had shifted from search and rescue to recovery efforts.
- The actor was best known for his role as Tarzan in as well as television series
The seven passengers on board a plane, including actor Joe Lara and his diet guru wife, are presumed dead after it crashed into a lake near the American city of Nashville, according to the authorities.
The small business plane crashed around 11 a.m. local time Saturday, shortly after taking off from Smyrna, Tennessee Airport, to Palm Beach, Florida, Rutherford County Fire & Facebook reported on Facebook. Rescue (RCFR).
The plane landed on Lake Percy Priest, about 19 miles south of Nashville.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that seven people had been on board the plane, CNN reported.
Saturday night, operations had switched from search and rescue to recovery efforts, RCFR incident captain Capt. Joshua Sanders told a news conference.
“We are no longer trying to (search for) live victims right now, so we are now recovering as much as we can from the crash site,” he said.
On Sunday afternoon, RCFR told Facebook that recovery operations had found “several components of the aircraft as well as human remains” in a garbage field about half a mile wide.
Operations would continue into the night and resume on Monday morning, RCFR wrote.
Joe Lara starred in the 1989 television film. He later starred in the television series, which ran from 1996 to 1997.
His wife Gwen Shamblin Lara, whom he married in 2018, was the leader of a Christian weight loss group called Weigh Down Ministries. He founded the group in 1986 and then in 1999 founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood, Tennessee.
According to a statement posted on the church’s website, two children from a previous marriage live there.