A businessman who traveled to space aboard Bezos' ship dies in a plane crash

CBS: businessman de Vries, who flew into space on the New Shepard, crashed in a helicopter

Glen de Vries, a businessman who October flew into space on the New Shepard spacecraft of the company of billionaire Jeff Bezos Blue Origin, crashed in a plane crash. This was announced by the CBS TV channel.

The plane crashed in Sussex County, New Jersey, USA. It is noted that the 49-year-old de Vries, vice president of Dassault Systèmes, was an amateur pilot. The second passenger of the plane, 54-year-old Thomas Fisher, was also killed. The US Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

“We were devastated to learn of the sudden death of Glen de Vries. He brought so much life and energy to the whole team. His passion for aviation, his charitable work and his dedication to his cause will continue to be respected and admired for a long time to come, ”said Blue Origin in a Twitter statement.

A Dassault Systèmes spokesman expressed condolences to the family of the deceased. He stressed that his tireless energy, compassion and innovative spirit have left their mark on everyone who knew him.

Jeff Bezos Corporation's second manned flight with tourists on board took place on October 13 and lasted about 11 minutes. Along with Glen de Vries, 90-year-old Canadian actor William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek television series, Vice President of Blue Origin Audrey Powers and ex-NASA engineer Chris Boschuisen boarded on board. The ship New Shepard was controlled from Earth.