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Man who flew to space with William Shatner
dies in NJ plane crash

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Posted By: Ribicon, 11/12/2021 6:52:47 PM

A New York City entrepreneur who recently flew to space with “Star Trek” star William Shatner was one of two people killed when a small plane crashed in New Jersey on Thursday afternoon. Tech CEO Glen de Vries, 49, who traveled to space along with Shatner last month during a flight launched by Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin, was identified by New Jersey State Police as having perished in the crash.(Snip)The other man who died in the crash was New Jersey aviation-company owner and head instructor Thomas Fischer, 54. De Vries began training with Fischer as a pilot in 2016. It wasn’t immediately clear who was


Seems there have been quite a few unexpected aircraft and automobile crashes lately. Sudden cardiovascular events induced by an injectable clotting agent?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Omen55 11/12/2021 7:22:28 PM (No. 975762)
High one day & down the next. That's life.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 11/12/2021 7:26:44 PM (No. 975767)
The aircraft was a Cessna 172, generally a very reliable, simple, easy to fly. The most probable cause of small aircraft crashes is running our of fuel, but with an instructor on board, that seems highly unlikely. Engine failure is possible, again quite uncommon. It is a rare student error which can't be fixed by an instructor short of a crash. Possibly carbon monoxide from a cracked exhaust system getting into the cabin.....again, pretty unlikely. Odd, for sure.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: lakerman1 11/12/2021 8:32:09 PM (No. 975817)
Most training flight crashes take place on takeoff or landing. All that comes to mind, midway through their trip, having done it myself, is practicing stalls. But I'm sure there are lots more causes of such a mid-trip accident.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jennie C. 11/12/2021 8:35:59 PM (No. 975821)
That's a shame, but of course there's no causal relationship.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Surroundedbyblue 11/12/2021 8:58:56 PM (No. 975843)
How sad is it that not one of us would be surprised to find out the pilot just recently had a jab?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 11/12/2021 9:57:49 PM (No. 975888)
#5, pilot and instructor not likely to be both incapacitated by health problems at the same time....unless it was externally monoxide. Possibly a mechanical engine failure, rare, but not impossible, and no good place for an emergency landing. Engine failure over a farm field is not a huge deal, been there, done that, not a scratch on anything. But over a congested area....aim for "the best spot"....and maybe discover a power line that you couldn't see, catch a wing and dump the aircraft straight into the ground. It has happened. And some have managed to dodge the wires, signs and cars and put the plane down with only minor damage. Where you are in an engine failure is pure luck, although most training flights are over open terrain, but may need to transit built up areas to and from training area.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: chumley 11/12/2021 10:36:49 PM (No. 975915)
We are missing the obvious here. Was he a red shirt engineering or security crewman who nobody had seen before?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 11/13/2021 8:11:25 AM (No. 976148)
Regardless of the cause, De Vries is just as dead now. My God rest his soul.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Zigrid 11/13/2021 10:16:25 AM (No. 976266)
Sorry for his family....
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Reply 10 - Posted by: dman 11/13/2021 2:06:09 PM (No. 976507)
Unfortunately, "success" can be dangerous. I remember a Silicon Valley entrepreneur crashing his new Porsche right after becoming an "instant" millionaire when his company went public. Sad to see. Prayers.
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