New Jersey plane crash kills Blue Origin astronaut who flew with William Shatner

A Blue Origin astronaut who flew on a Blue Origin rocket with William Shatner has died in a New Jersey airplane crash.

Glenn M. de Vries, 49, and Thomas P. Fischer, 54, died when a solitary-motor Cessna 172 crashed on Thursday in Hampton Township.


This undated picture built available by Blue Origin in October 2021 exhibits, from left, Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries. (Blue Origin through AP) (AP Newsroom)

“We are devastated to listen to of the sudden passing of Glen de Vries. He brought so a great deal daily life and energy to the full Blue Origin staff and to his fellow crewmates. His enthusiasm for aviation, his charitable operate, and his perseverance to his craft will extensive be revered and admired,” Blue Origin tweeted on Thursday.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launches carrying passengers William Shatner, Chris Boshuizen, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries from its spaceport close to Van Horn, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (AP Photo/LM Otero / AP Newsroom)

De Vries was element of the crew that flew on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket on Oct. 13 with William Shatner.

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De Vries earlier mentioned that it is an “amazing chance” to get the job done with Blue Origin and progress the space industry.

Nowadays — Pictured: William Shatner on Friday, September 7, 2018 — (Image by: Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Lender/NBCUniversal through Getty Visuals by using Getty Illustrations or photos) _____ start impression courtesy: Blue Origin (Photograph by: Nathan Congleton/NBCU Image Lender/NBCUniversal through Getty  |  Blue Origin / Getty Visuals)

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“I have put in my whole career performing to extend people’s life. On the other hand, with limited supplies and electricity on Earth, extending our arrive at into area can aid humanity continue on to thrive,” de Vries explained. “Moreover, astronauts can encounter the ‘overview effect,’ gaining a new perspective on how fragile and precious our world, these resources, and our civilization are. Actively playing a part in advancing the space industry and one particular working day creating those people resources and that comprehension readily available to absolutely everyone, is an extraordinary option.”

Fox News’ Lucas Manfredi and the Involved Press contributed to this report.