Man who flew to space with William Shatner aboard Jeff Bezos’ rocket dies in plane crash.
Glen de Vries, 49, was flying in a Cessna 172 when it went down in norther New Jersey, killing the entrepreneur and another man who was on board.
A man who flew to space with William Shatner aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origins rocket died in a plane crash, New Jersey state police confirmed on Friday.
Entrepreneur Glen de Vries, 49, was flying in a Cessna 172 when it went down in northern New Jersey on Thursday, killing de Vries and Thomas Fischer, 54, who was also on board, authorities said.
State police said they responded to the crash in Sussex County shortly before 3 p.m. local time on Thursday.
The Federal Aviation Administration will be leading an investigation.
Last month, de Vries visited space with actor William Shatner and two other crewmates.
Blue Origin said on Twitter that they are “devastated” by the news.
“He brought so much life and energy to the entire Blue Origin team and to his fellow crewmates,” the company said.