A month after his successful space flight alongside Star Trek actor William Shatner (90), American businessman Glenn De Vries (49 years old) passed away.
He was killed after the sports jet he was on crashed 100 kilometers west of New York in a wooded area of Hampton Township in New Jersey. Police announced this on Friday. In addition to the New York City businessman, she said, another person was killed.
The two passengers on the plane flew Thursday in a single-engine Cessna plane. The plane had taken off from Essex County Airport in Caldwell and was on its way to Sussex Airport. The US Aviation Administration (FAA) alerted security services around 3 p.m. after the plane went missing. The wreckage was found about an hour later.
de Vries Flying on October 13th with the 90-year-old actor from the popular series Star Trek and two fellow space travelers in a rocket from Blue Origin, the billionaire space company and self-proclaimed Star Trek fan Jeff Bezos. From a space base in the western US state of Texas, they flew to the edge of the atmosphere, at an altitude of about 106 kilometers, where they experienced weightlessness for a few minutes. Then the capsule landed on a parachute back on the ground. The whole thing was an experiment to see if space tourism on a large scale is possible in the future.
Glenn de Vries founded Medidata Solutions, a technology company, and was a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University. The other victim was the owner and director of the flight school run by his family. The US Department of Road Safety is investigating the accident.
Blue Origin responded with shock Friday to the death of the founder of a software company focused on clinical trials. “We are devastated by the sudden death of Glenn de Vries,” the company wrote on Twitter. “He brought so much life and energy to the entire Blue Origin team and the rest of the crew.”
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