One of the Blue Origin astronauts who flew into space a month ago, 49-year-old businessman Glen de Vries, died in a plane crash.
As CNN reports, on November 11, a light-engine plane crashed near New York, in the state of New Jersey. According to state police, the plane crashed in a forest near the town of Hampton. The FAA report says that “A Cessna 172 – a four-seater aircraft used for training and recreational flights – was involved in a fatal accident under unknown circumstances in densely wooded areas.”
De Vries flew into space in October with actor William Shatner and two other crew members. He was one of those who paid for this flight. Blue Origin commented on his death:
“We are devastated to hear of the sudden passing of Glen de Vries. He brought so much life and energy to the entire Blue Origin team and his teammates. His passion for aviation, his philanthropic work and his dedication to his cause will continue to be respected and admired for a long time to come.”
On October 13, Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard by Blue Origin made its second successful suborbital flight. On board the ship were: William Shatner – the actor of the cult series Star Trek (“Star Trek”), Chris Boschuisen, Vice President of Blue Origin Audrey Powers, as well as co-founder of the satellite company Planet Labs and co-founder of the research platform Medidata Solutions Glen de Vries, who paid for flight.