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Space tourist Glenn De Vries died in a small plane crash

Space tourist Glenn De Vries died in a small plane crash

American businessman Glenn de Vries, who flew into space in October as a crew member of the company’s reusable suborbital rocket New Shepard blue origin, He died in a plane crash. Agence France-Presse reported, referring to the police statement.

A small plane crashed in the US state of New Jersey, about 95 kilometers west of New York. The accident happened on Thursday, just before 3 p.m. local time (8 p.m. our time).

“We have confirmed that there have been two casualties. The Federal Aviation Administration will be the main investigative body,” he added. A state spokesman said Glenn de Vries, 49, and another man, 54, named Thomas Fisher, were killed.

“We are overwhelmed by the news of the sudden departure of Glen de Vries. He brought so much life and energy to the entire Blue Origin team. His passion for aviation, philanthropy and dedication to work will never be forgotten.” The company said in a tweet.

De Vries, founder of the Medidata Solutions clinical research platform, participated in the second manned space mission Blue Origin on October 13.

One of the four-member crew was American actor William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the popular TV series Star Trek. At the age of 90, Shatner became the oldest man to enter space.

new Shepard missile It took off from a base near the town of Van Horn in the US state of Texas.

The flight lasted about 11 minutes, and the crew arrived just above the “Kerman border” at an altitude of 100 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, which is generally considered the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.

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