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Tesla Executives Die in Plane Crash

Three executives at Tesla Motors were killed in a Palo Alto plane crash yesterday morning. Shortly after 8 a.m. a twin-engine Cessna 310 crashed into a neighborhood in Palo Alto. While there were no ground injuries, all three passengers on board the plane were killed. These three men were identified as employees of California-based electric car-maker, Tesla.

Citing KTVU.com, the New York Times reports 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 took off from Palo Alto Airport heading for Los Angeles County’s Hawthorne Municipal Airport.

Tesla is keeping the names of employees under wraps until all family members have been informed. The Cessna plane involved was registered to Doug Bourn, a top engineer at Tesla.