NEWS: Report: Tesla Employees Die in Plane Crash

February 17, 2010
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A twin-engine aircraft crashed into power lines outside of Palo Alto, California, today, killing all three occupants -- reportedly employees of Tesla Motors.
KTVU reports that the Cessna 310 plane, which was headed south, took off in extremely foggy conditions, and crashed shortly after takeoff. Witnesses described hearing two loud booms. One of the aircraft’s wings broke off and hit the backside of a nearby house.
Sources tell the TV station that the three men aboard the plane were employees with Tesla, with the pilot reportedly being a “high-ranking official” at the company. The San Francisco Chronicle says the plane was owned by Doug Bourn, a senior electrical engineer at the EV company, but it is still unknown if he was flying the plane, if even onboard.
Tesla representatives won’t comment on the accident until more information is known. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently investigating the scene and cause of the accident.
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