US businessman Glen de Vries, who flew into house with “Star Trek” actor William Shatner on final month’s Blue Origin flight, has died in a airplane crash, police mentioned Friday.
The small plane got here down in Hampton Township, New Jersey, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) west of New York Metropolis, shortly earlier than 3:00pm (19:00 GMT) on Thursday, a spokesman for New Jersey state police instructed AFP.
“There are two confirmed fatalities,” the spokesman mentioned, naming de Vries, 49, and 54-year-old Thomas Fischer.
“The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) would be the lead investigating company,” he added, with out offering extra particulars.
De Vries, the founding father of medical analysis platform Medidata Options, joined Shatner on Blue Origin’s second crewed mission on October 13.
Additionally on board for the 11-minute journey that took them past Earth’s environment and again once more had been Blue Origin government Audrey Powers and Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen.
“We’re devastated to listen to of the sudden passing of Glen de Vries,” Blue Origin mentioned in a tweet.
“He introduced a lot life and vitality to the whole Blue Origin workforce and to his fellow crewmates. His ardour for aviation, his charitable work, and his dedication to his craft will lengthy be revered and admired.”