A month after traveling to space and back aboard a Blue Origin rocket, a 49-year-old software executive was killed on Thursday when a single-engine plane he was traveling in crashed in a wooded section of northern New Jersey, officials said.
The executive, Glen de Vries of Manhattan, was one of two people who died in the crash, according to the New Jersey State Police. The second, Thomas P. Fischer, was the owner and head instructor at a New Jersey flight school where Mr. de Vries had trained as a pilot, according to the company’s website.
It was not immediately clear which man was piloting the plane when it went down.
In October, Mr. de Vries was a member of a four-person Blue Origin crew that also included the former “Star Trek” star William Shatner.
“Our thoughts and support go out to Glen’s family,” a spokesman for the parent company of Medidata Solutions, the life sciences company that Mr. de Vries co-founded, said in a statement. “His tireless energy, empathy and pioneering spirit left their mark on everyone who knew him.”