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With Captain Kirk in space: space tourist de Vries had a fatal accident in a plane crash

Space tourist Glen de Vries, 2nd from right (Image: Blue Origin)

On October 13th, Captain Kirk actually made it into space. The 90-year-old Star Trek actor William Shatner was deeply moved after his return to earth. Shatner said he saw death. On board the New Shepard of Blue Origin boss Jeff Bezos was besides the Australian Chris Boshuizen and Audrey Powers, department head of the New Shepard program, Glen de Vries as the third space tourist. De Vries has now died – in a plane crash.

Cessna crashed with de Vries on board

According to the police, the 49-year-old was on board a single-engine Cessna 172, which crashed on Thursday afternoon (local time) in the US state of New Jersey, almost 100 kilometers west of New York. In addition to de Vries, another man died who, according to Spiegel Online, was the owner and head of a flight school. The US Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Authority (NTSB) are investigating the crash.

Blue Origin by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was shocked by the death of the space tourist on Twitter. One is devastated by the sudden death of Glen de Vries. “He brought so much life and energy to the entire Blue Origin team and the rest of the crew,” it said. Molecular biologist de Vries was a co-founder of the software company Medidata Solutions, which specialized in clinical studies.

“Stupid way to die”: Bezos survived the crash

By the way, Jeff Bezos survived a helicopter crash in Texas in 2003. The helicopter hit a tree in hilly terrain and crashed. In the accident, Bezos later said, he thought “what a stupid way to die”. Bezos got away with minor injuries.

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