Police have identified the two persons who died in an aircraft crash in New Jersey on Thursday as a New York City man who traveled to space with actor William Shatner and the owner and chief teacher of a family-run flying school, Fischer Aviation.
New Jersey State Police Trooper Brandi Slota confirmed that Glen M. de Vries and Thomas Fischer were killed in the plane crash in Lake Hopatcong’s Jefferson area on Sunday.
As per the Fischer Aviation website, de Vries started his private pilot training in February 2016.
De Vries, a Carnegie Mellon trustee and the founder of Medidata Solutions, a software business, flew into space on Oct. 13 on Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship, achieving an apparent lifelong goal.
After receiving a call from the school on Thursday, Fischer’s voicemail was instantly forwarded to the school’s.
The single-engine aircraft Cessna 172 went missing at 3 p.m. from the Kemah Lake area, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Around 4 p.m., emergency responders discovered the wreckage.
The plane was on its route from Essex County Airport to Sussex Airport, according to police.
There will be a preliminary report on the findings of investigators in about a week, according to Maria Njoku, a representative for the Federal Aviation Administration.
An early report from the FAA claims that the plane was destroyed in the crash, which happened under unexplained circumstances.
On Thursday night, a calm Kemah Lake neighborhood was a hive of activity as local firemen used UTVs to help officials enter a lit area of the densely forested Bear Swamp Wildlife Management Area.
There is an investigation underway by both the FAA and the NTSB.