United States. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket passenger kills in plane crash

Glen de Vries, a four-passenger on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket, who made a brief trip to space in October, was killed on November 11 in a small passenger plane crash near New York.

The 49-year-old New York entrepreneur died alongside another American, Thomas P. Fisher, in the “crash of their small plane” in Sussex County, New Jersey.

Born in 1972, Glen de Vries was the co-founder of Medidata Solutions, a company specializing in clinical trial monitoring software for the pharmaceutical industry, acquired in 2019 by Dassault Systèmes.

Along with three other passengers, including William Shatner, 90, a Canadian actor who played Star Trek Captain Kirk, aviation enthusiast Glen de Vries briefly flew into space on October 13 aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket owned by American billionaire Jeff Bezos.

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The Blue Origin company said on Twitter “devastated by the sudden death of Glen de Vries (who) brought so much energy and life to the entire Blue Origin team and his teammates”.

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