Report: 3 Tesla employees killed in Palo Alto plane crash

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A plane crash in Palo Alto, California Wednesday morning killed at least three people, including a high-ranking executive with electric car company Tesla Motors.

The Cessna 310 crashed around 7:55 a.m. shortly after takeoff from the airport and eyewitnesses said it hit a power line, causing a major power outage in the vicinity. The aircraft was believed to be owned by Doug Bourn, a senior electrical engineer for Tesla.

According to “The plane hit transmission lines that are draped 100 feet above the ground near Highway 101. It exploded on impact with the wires, splitting into several pieces, landing on a street. The flaming wreckage skidded down the street, striking structures, homes and cars. A portion of a wing crashed into one of the homes.”

The cause of the crash was not known, but there was thick fog in the area at the time of the accident. All three deaths were on the plane, and no one on the ground was injured.