Yesterday, a Cessna 310 airplane crashed near Palo Alto, California, killing all three people on board. It was confirmed that the individuals in the accident were mid-level engineers at Tesla Motors.
“Three Tesla employees were on board a plane that crashed in East Palo Alto early yesterday morning. We are withholding their identities as we work with the relevant authorities to notify the families,” said Elon Musk, Tesla CEO. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Tesla is a small, tightly-knit company, and this is a tragic day for us.”
According to reports the three Tesla employees on board the plane were senior electrical engineer Doug Bourn, electrical engineer Andrew Ingram, and Brian M. Finn, a senior interactive electronics manager. Tesla has not confirmed the identities of the employees, but this information contradicts early reports that suggested the pilot was a high-ranking official at the company. The plane was registered to Air Unique, which is registered with Doug Bourn, the pilot in the crash.
The plane crashed when it struck an electrical tower in extremely foggy conditions shortly after takeoff yesterday. The FAA is still investigating the crash to determine if the fog was a factor and what caused the plane to hit the electrical tower. A National Transportation Safety Board investigator is scheduled to arrive today to aid the FAA officials in the investigation.