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Old 02-17-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default 3 Tesla Motors Executives Reported Dead in Plane Crash

It's all over the news.


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Tesla Motors Executives Believed Dead in Plane Crash in East Palo Alto
By MICHELLE QUINN AND RYAN MAC

Update 11:54 Pacific Time | The website LALate has links to two photographs it said were taken at the scene of the crash.
In addition, Bay City News has reported that “Just before it crashed, the plane struck a PG&E tower, which caused a wing to snap off and land on the rear of a home at 1225 Beech St.” It attributed the information to Menlo Park’s fire chief, Harold Schapelhouman, and neighborhood residents. The home, Bay City News reported, houses a preschool; one child was there at the time but there is no indication that the child or anyone else in the home was injured. The news service also reported that power was out to Stanford University hospital, which was operating on generators.

Original Post 11:42 Pacific Time | Three executives of Tesla Motors, the electric car company, are believed to be dead after the small plane they were in crashed in East Palo Alto shortly after taking off in a thick fog this morning, according to the car website Jalopnik, which says it received confirmation from a Tesla spokesperson.

At about 7:55 a.m., the twin engine Cessna 310, which took off from Palo Alto Airport heading for Los Angeles County’s Hawthorne Municipal Airport, crashed into the residential neighborhood in East Palo Alto and may have caused widespread power outages. The plane is believed to be owned by Doug Bourn, a senior electrical engineer for Tesla Motors, a spokesperson with the company told the The San Francisco Chronicle.

According to KTVU.com: “The plane hit transmission lines that are draped 377 feet above the ground near the Dumbarton Bridge. It exploded on impact with the wires, splitting into two pieces and igniting fires at two homes.”

The plane is believed to have led to power outages in the city of Palo Alto.

In January, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it was seeking to raise $100 million in an initial public offering, according to an article in The New York Times. The company’s Roadster electric sports car sells for $109,000.

Check back here for updates.

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3 Tesla Employees Killed In Plane Crash

* By Chuck Squatriglia | February 17, 2010 | 2:06 pm

Three employees of Tesla Motors were killed this morning when the Cessna 310 they were flying in crashed in a residential neighborhood in East Palo Alto, California.

A man who said he had flown with the pilot told KTVU News the man flying the twin-engine plane was “a high-ranking official” at the Silicon Valley automaker, and a Tesla spokesperson told Jalopnik the three people aboard were Tesla employees. And the San Francisco Chronicle reports the plane is owned by Doug Bourn, a senior electric engineer at Tesla, though it is not clear whether he was aboard.

Repeated messages left with Tesla Motors this morning have not been returned, and local police and the Federal Aviation Administration would not identify those aboard the plane.

The plane left Palo Alto Airport at about 7:55 a.m. headed for the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne when it lost power after takeoff, said East Palo Alto police Capt. John Chalmers. The plane hit a power line tower about one mile northeast of the airport, shearing a wing, then landed on a home daycare center in the 1200 block of Beech Street. The home caught fire as the plane slid down the street, hitting three cars that also caught fire, authorities said.

The initial crash crated a loud boom followed by a second boom that shook nearby houses, the Chronicle reports. Firefighters extinguished the fires within 30 minutes. No one on the ground was injured, Chalmers said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane is a Cessna 310, tail number N5225J, registered to Unique Air Inc. of Santa Clara, California. The National Transportation Safety Board has an investigator enroute to the scene. Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman told the San Jose Mercury News mechanical failure or poor visibility due to heavy fog most likely caused the crash.

“The plane landed in the center of the street,” Schapelhouman said. “If not, many more individuals would have been impacted, perhaps killed. It is either very fortunate or intentional that he was able to do that.”

Space-X, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s aerospace venture, is based in Hawthorne and Tesla has a design studio there. Much of the design and engineering work for the Model S sedan is being done there. Tesla spokeswoman Khobi Brooklyn told the Los Angeles Times the company had not yet received confirmation about who was on the flight.

“I can’t confirm any of the details,” she said, adding that the company would release a statement once it had more information.

More information when we have it.

UPDATED 2:25 p.m. Eastern.

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Old 02-17-2010, 03:12 PM   #2
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aren't these the same guys that were publicly heckled for using their private jet to fly to congress to beg for money a week ago

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/02...k-private-jet/

interesting how that worked out




edit: the CEO Mr Musk (aka douchebag in private flight to congress) was not on board the plane at time of crash
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:13 PM   #3
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Damn. This will more than likely set them back.
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I didn't realize the fog was that bad this morning.

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“The plane hit transmission lines that are draped 377 feet above the ground near the Dumbarton Bridge. It exploded on impact with the wires, splitting into two pieces and igniting fires at two homes.”
At least they did not hit an oil derrick or fly into a coal mine.
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Repost from OT, with a different source? I think not.
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i saw them on LOST!!!!!
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RIP.

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then the OT is wrong, they should have posted in the " Non-Subaru News & Rumors" forum
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Holy crap. I just applied for an Engineering job with them not too long ago.
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Here's to hoping the Model S will still be on time.
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I heard the fire engines this morning - all the electricity is still out in Palo Alto, my gym was closed, and you can smell it from about a 1mi radius.
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Wow, that's some shocking news!
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The announcement came just before three Tesla executives were killed when a private plane they were traveling in crashed at the Palo Alto Airport, near Tesla headquarters.. Musk was not on board, Tesla officials said
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I heard the fire engines this morning - all the electricity is still out in Palo Alto, my gym was closed, and you can smell it from about a 1mi radius.
Nothing worse than a gym you can smell from a mile away.
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aren't these the same guys that were publicly heckled for using their private jet to fly to congress to beg for money a week ago

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/02...k-private-jet/

interesting how that worked out




edit: the CEO Mr Musk (aka douchebag in private flight to congress) was not on board the plane at time of crash

Please stop contributing to the death of the business aviation industry. Using your company plane to conduct business is not a "douche" move.


Disclaimer: I am not implying that Musk isn't a douche for other reasons.
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Please stop contributing to the death of the business aviation industry. Using your company plane to conduct business is not a "douche" move.
Well said!
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Please stop contributing to the death of the business aviation industry. Using your company plane to conduct business is not a "douche" move.


Disclaimer: I am not implying that Musk isn't a douche for other reasons.
Nor was Tesla "begging for money," they were applying for a DOE loan that was specifically created to promote alternative fuel cars.
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Nor was Tesla "begging for money," they were applying for a DOE loan that was specifically created to promote alternative fuel cars.
That is the term used for applying for loans. GM begged for money, and applied for DOE loans so perhaps that is where the confusion came from
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were the names released?

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Nothing worse than a gym you can smell from a mile away.
Aah the scents of eucalyptus towels and fresh salmon (Stanford chicks go there)...
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Yup, see the OT thread.
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