A rich tech mogul who traveled to space with William Shatner final month was killed together with one other individual when a small plane crashed in northern New Jersey, in response to state police.
Glen de Vries, 49, of New York Metropolis, and Thomas Fischer, 54, of Hopatcong, New Jersey, have been aboard a single-engine Cessna 172 that went down Thursday in a wooded space of Hampton Township.
De Vries based Medidata Options, a tech firm, and was a trustee at Carnegie Mellon College. He traveled on 13 October aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft, spending greater than 10 minutes in space after launching together with Shatner and others.
In a press release, Blue Origin stated: “We’re devastated to listen to of the sudden passing of Glen de Vries. He introduced a lot life and vitality to all the Blue Origin group and to his fellow crew mates. His ardour for aviation, his charitable work, and his dedication to his craft will lengthy be revered and admired.”
Fischer owned Fischer Aviation, a family-run flight college, and was its head teacher, in response to public reviews.
The Nationwide Transportation Security Board is investigating the crash.