3 Tesla Auto Execs Dead In Suspicious Palo Alto Plane Crash

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:19 pm    Post subject: 3 Tesla Auto Execs Dead In Suspicious Palo Alto Plane Crash Reply with quote

3 Tesla Execs Dead In Palo Alto Plane Crash

A twin-engine Cessna piloted by a Tesla manager crashed into an East Palo Alto neighborhood today killing the pilot and two other Tesla employees on board.

Employees at the electric carmaker a company that has done everything but paint its logo green in a bid to sell itself as environmentally-friendly have always had a penchant for gas-guzzling private airplanes. But that's sort of been the Tesla way. An electric car without compromising speed or style. The roadster's perfect for the Hollywood and Silicon Valley elite environmental credibility without having to give up your private plane.

Last week, the love of private planes figuratively killed Tesla CEO Elon Musk's public relations coup surrounding Tesla's acceptance of federal tax dollars after the public learned he forced Tesla to reimburse him for 12 trips he took in his own jet. Now, sadly, the love of private planes even one as small as a Cessna has taken the lives of three of Tesla's own employees.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the plane belonged to Doug Bourn, a senior electrical engineer for Tesla Motors. Although it's unclear whether or not he was on board at the time. As we reported first earlier, two other Tesla employees were in the plane at the time of the crash. Fox Business News is reporting Tesla CEO Elon Musk was not onboard, and that he's calling this the "worst day in Telsa's history."

According to Marty Padgett, the editor of The Car Connection, Tesla employees are reportedly "shaken" and a bus has been brought to the front of their facility to take them to, one assumes, a place where they can be consoled.

So what happened? According to SFGate:

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the plane was a twin-engine Cessna 310 that had taken off from Palo Alto Airport, about a mile to the southwest, and was bound for Hawthorne Municipal Airport in Los Angeles County.

FAA records show that the plane is registered to Air Unique Inc. of Santa Clara. It was manufactured in 1976.

A twin-engine Cessna crashed into electric transmission lines shortly after take-off from a small airport, exploding on impact, killing all three people onboard and crashing into an East Palo Alto neighborhood, authorities said.

The crash has caused a power outage in the Palo Alto after the plane hit transmission wires. @vmwarecares also claims they've got a phone outage as well.

Daniel Morales, who told KTVU he had previously flown with the pilot, identified him as a high-ranking official at Tesla Motors and told a cameraman the other passengers were Tesla employees. Neither Tesla Motors nor the authorities, however, have released the names of the victims.

NBC San Francisco tells us the company plans to proceed ahead with their planned IPO in the wake of this tragedy.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:41 pm    Post subject: Re: 3 Tesla Auto Execs Dead In Suspicious Palo Alto Plane Cr Reply with quote

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...crashed into electric transmission lines...

Irony at its best.

Well... I think if Nikola Tesla knew that half a century after his death a battery-powered sportscar was built with his name on it and the company, he would turn in his grave.

But that's typical. If something is becoming popular, just paint over its name and corrupt its meaning.
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