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Glen de Vries dies in plane crash

Image: Glen de Vries (Credit: Blue Origin)

Budapest / New Jersey, 15 November 2021. – One of Blue Origin’s astronauts, 49-year-old Glen de Vries, who flew to space last month alongside actor William Shatner, died in a small plane crash in New Jersey.

De Vries, was the vice chairman of life sciences and healthcare at Dassault Systèmes and co-founder of the Medidata team. A spokesperson for Dassault Systèmes said de Vries’ “dreams – which we share – live on: we will pursue progress in life sciences & healthcare as passionately as he did.”

According to New Jersey State Police, the aircraft went down in a wooded area Thursday afternoon. FAA records show a four-seat, single-engine airplane, a Cessna 172, used for training and recreational flights suffered a fatal crash under unknown circumstances. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are still investigating the case.

Molecular biologist de Vries was a certified private pilot. He was accompanied by 54-year-old Thomas P. Fischer on board, who was also killed in the crash.

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