Hollywood actor and two daughters killed in plane crash

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Actor Christian Oliver and his two daughters have died in a plane crash in the eastern Caribbean.

The aircraft went down just west of Petit Nevis, a tiny private island near Bequia, part of St Vincent and Grenadines, on Thursday afternoon, according to the Caribbean nation’s police.

The pilot, Robert Sachs, also died.

The single-engine plane had just taken off from Becquia, which is popular with tourists, heading for St Lucia, around 65 miles (104km) away, police said in a statement.

Officers named the daughters as 10-year-old Madita Klepser, and Annik Klepser, who was 12.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, according to police.

Fishermen and divers in the area went to the crash site to help the St Vincent and Grenadines Coast Guard in the search.

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Police said: “The selfless and brave acts of the fishermen and divers is very much appreciated.”

Oliver, 51, whose real name was Christian Klepser, had dozens of film and television roles, including the 2008 film Speed Racer and The Good German, a 2006 World War Two movie that also starred George Clooney and Cate Blanchett.

He appeared in season two of the 1990s series “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” playing a Swiss transfer student named Brian Keller.

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Originally from Frankfurt, he played a detective in Alarm für Cobra 11, a long-running German TV police drama in the early 2000s.

On Monday, Oliver had posted a picture of a beach at sunset on Instagram, wishing followers a happy new year “from somewhere in paradise.”

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