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Glenn de Vries – a health technology entrepreneur who flew into space last month with actor William Shatner on a Blue Origin rocket – died in a New Jersey airplane crash on Thursday, state police officials said.

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New Jersey State Police spokeswoman Brandi Slotta said de Vries and Thomas P. Fisher died in a plane crash that was discovered Thursday afternoon in rural Sussex County, New Jersey, more than 40 miles northwest of Manhattan. Businesshala in a statement.

Federal Aviation Administration confirms single engine Cessna 172 – a popular small aircraft often used For flight instructions – crashed in a wooded area while flying from suburban Essex County to Sussex County, and a preliminary FAA report Said the aircraft was involved in instructional activity and crashed “under unknown circumstances”.

According to FAA records, de Vries earned a private pilot license in May, and Thomas P. A man named Fisher has commercial and flight instructor certificates.

Essex County-based Fisher Aviation – a flight school that lists flight instructor Tom Fischer as the owner—says on your website that de Vries began pilot training there in 2016 (Fisher Aviation did not immediately respond to a request for comment).

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