The New Jersey plane crash that killed Glen de Vries, one of William Shatner’s co-passengers on a Blue Origin spacecraft last month, was caused by mechanical failure (Nov. 11). A Cessna 172 Skyhawk crashed into a wooded area near Kemah Lake in Sussex County, killing de Vries, 49, and one other passenger, according to reports Patch.com’s story. Thomas Fisher, 54, of Hopatcong, New Jersey, was also on board the plane.
After taking off from Essex County Airport in Caldwell at around 3 p.m. local time, the jet was reported missing by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Patch stated that the plane was en route to Sussex Airport. State police in Hampton Township found the wreckage of the downed jet about an hour later, “in a highly wooded area. According to a report, no one knows what caused the crash.
“Glen de Vries’ untimely death has shocked us all. To the entire Blue Origin team and his fellow crew members, he was a constant source of inspiration “On Twitter, Blue Origin released a statement. To this day, his enthusiasm for flying and humanitarian work will be remembered and praised for his dedication to his art.”
At Dassault Systèmes, which bought Medidata in 2019, De Vries served as vice-chair of life sciences and healthcare and co-founded a clinical research platform in 1999 called Medidata Solutions.
Before his space voyage, de Vries said, “I’ve spent my entire career working to lengthen people’s lives.” “However, extending our reach beyond space can help humankind continue to prosper with limited resources and energy on Earth.”
We extend our deepest sympathies to Glen and his family,” a spokeswoman for Dassault Systèmes stated in a statement obtained by CBS. “In addition, our thoughts and prayers are with Glen’s Medidata team, which he helped build. Everyone he came into contact with was influenced by his inexhaustible energy, empathy, and pioneering spirit. Our dreams, which Glen shared, live on: We will continue to pursue advancements in life sciences and healthcare as he did.”
To go on Blue Origin’s New Shepard NS-18 mission with Shatner and Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Power, and Planet co-founder Chris Boshuizen, De Vries was picked as one of two paying clients. They took a 10-minute, round-trip ride to space on Oct. 13 and spent around four minutes in weightlessness.
After returning to Earth, Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos fastened de Vries’ flight suit with astronaut wings. “It was wonderful,” de Vries said to Bezos. “It was the most fantastic thing I’ve ever done,” he said afterward.