A plane crash caused the death of 49-year-old Glen de Vries. A month earlier, he had also been on Jeff Bezos’ spaceship, which had taken William Shatner on a short voyage.
In a plane crash on Friday, U.S. newspapers, including CNN reported, a Blue Origin astronaut Glen de Vries, was killed in a plane crash. The news was also confirmed by a space company owned by Jeff Bezos.
Glen de Vries, 49, flew a small plane in New Jersey when it crashed for reasons unknown yet. Two were on board, the astronaut and the 54-year-old pilot Thomas P. Fischer. He did not survive the accident either.
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 to his fellow crewmates. His passion for aviation, his charitable work, and his dedication to his craft will long be revered and admired. pic.twitter.com/1hwnjntTVs
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) November 12, 2021
This October, Glen de Vries also made it to space a few minutes when he soared with his three companions, including Canadian acting legend William Shatner of Star Trek films. Blue Origin organized the mission.
De Vries, an obsessed pilot who was a wealthy businessman, was known for flying various small planes several times. It is known that at the time of the accident, they were in a Cessna 172.
Glen de Vries was the founder of a U.S. company called Medidata Solutions, which develops software tools for medical examinations and clinical trials. The company is particularly successful: its list of partners includes pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, but they also work with academic and government institutions.