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Breaking News: 3 Tesla Employees Dead After Plane Crash

A twin engine Cessna 310 piloted by a high ranking Tesla executive crashed shortly after takeoff this morning in East Palo Alto, wrecking three homes and a day care center and killing all three on board.

Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said a pilot and two passengers are dead, after the plane struck a high-tension transmission tower after leaving Palo Alto Airport.

A spokesperson for the company has confirmed that the three Tesla employees were involved in the crash that took place at 7:55 this morning. While it is unknown, at the moment, who was on the flight, the San Francisco Chronicle has reported that the Cessna 310 was owned Doug Bourn, a senior electrical engineer for Tesla Motors.

No one was home at Bourn’s single-story home this morning. Neighbors said he lived alone and worked at Tesla Motors.

According to an American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Web site, Bourn is an electrical engineer at Tesla, where he helped design and test the Power Electronics Module for the Tesla Roadster. The bio states he received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and in spare time enjoys “motorcycling, skydiving, flying and teaching others how to fly.” The site states Bourn held a commercial and multi-engine pilot licenses, as well as being a flight instructor and a ham radio operator.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the plane took off from the Palo Alto Airport bound for Hawthorne Municipal Airport in Los Angeles County. The plane hit transmission lines that hung 377 ft above the ground, exploded on impact and crashed into the surrounding neighborhood. Fortunately no one on the ground was injured.

Thick fog blanked the area at the time of the crash and the National Weather Service had issued a dense fog advisory prior to the accident.

The crash has caused a power outage in Palo Alto after the plane hit transmission wires. @facebook reported power interruption to their office and @vmwarecares also claims they’ve got a phone outage as well.