A businessman who flew into space on a Blue Origin mission died in a plane crash.

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A businessman who flew into space on a Blue Origin mission died in a plane crash.

A month after taking part in the incredible mission and becoming an astronaut, Glen de Vries passed away in a crash in New Jersey.

He added that the investigation would be left to the FAA, the US civil aviation regulator.

The Glen entrepreneur Vries, who flew to the space next to the actor of "Star Trek" William Shatner in the human-crewed mission Blue Origin in October, died in a plane crash, police said on Friday.

The small aircraft he was traveling crashed in Hampton Township, New Jersey, about 95 kilometers west of New York, shortly after 3 p.m. (local time, 19 GMT) on Thursday, a spokesman for the state police of New Jersey told AFP. New Jersey.

The spokesman identified De Vries, 49, and Thomas FisCher, 54, as saying "two deaths have been confirmed." De Vries was an instrument-rated private pilot, and Fisher owned a flight school. Authorities did not say who was piloting the plane.

He added that the investigation would be left to the FAA, the US civil aviation regulator.

De Vries, the founder of the health research platform Medidata Solutions, joined Shatner and two other passengers on Blue Origin's second human-crewed flight on October 13. "It's going to take me a while to describe it. It was amazing," de Vries said as Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos attached his "astronaut wings" to his blue flight suit. She had participated in a seat auction on the first flight and bought a seat on the second flight.

De Vries also served on the board of directors of Carnegie Mellon University.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Glenn de Vries," Blue Origin said on Twitter. He brought a lot of life and energy to the whole Blue Origin team and his fellow passengers. His passion for aviation, charitable work, and dedication to his craft will long be revered and admired. "

De Vries also served on the board of directors of Carnegie Mellon University.

According to the company's website, Fischer owned the Fischer Aviation flight school and was its chief instructor.