Glen de Vries, a 49-year-old American billionaire who flew to the edge of space on a rocket last month and returned to Earth, died in an accidental air crash yesterday.
On October 13th Jeff Middot, Amazon's executive chairman, and Blue Origin, owned by Bezos, successfully launched the New Shepard, which Mr. De Vries paid to board, carrying four passengers, including Mr. De Vries, and began landing after reaching its highest point, about 107 kilometers above the ground, in a flight that lasted 10 minutes and 17 seconds. On his return to Earth, he said: This experience made his dream come true!
De Vries was killed when his small plane crashed in Sussex County, New Jersey, at 3 p.m. local time on Nov.
12, Blue Origin issued a statement on Twitter expressing its condolences for De Vries' tragic accident.
De Vries is a private pilot with a license to fly instruments and the founder of Medidata Solutions, a clinical research firm.