All seven passengers on board an airplane, including Tarzan actor Joe Lara and his diet guru wife, are believed to be dead after a crash in a lake near the US city of Nashville.

Der Small business jet crashed around 11:00 a.m. local time on Saturday, shortly after taking off from Smyrna, Tennessee Airport for Palm Beach, Florida. This was announced by Rutherford County Fire & Rescue (RCFR) on Facebook.

The plane landed in Percy Priest Lake, about 12 miles south of Nashville.

On Saturday evening, operations had shifted from search and rescue to recovery efforts said the commander of the RCFR incident, Captain Joshua Sanders, at a press conference.

“We’re not trying to search for living victims at this point and are now recovering as much as possible from the crash site,” said he.

On Sunday afternoon, RCFR announced on Facebook that salvage work had found “several components of the aircraft and human remains” in an approximately 800 m wide field of rubble.

Lara played Tarzan in the 1989 TV movie “Tarzan in Manhattan” . He later starred in the television series “Tarzan: The Epic Adventures”, 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. She formed the group in 1986 and the Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood, Tennessee in 1986 and 1999.

According to a statement on the Church’s website, two children from a previous marriage survive her.

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