Tesla Employees Die in Plane Crash

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Three employess of Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, died Wednesday morning in a plane crash in East Palo Alto, Calif., according to a statement posted on the Tesla Web sit by company CEO Elon Musk.

“Three Tesla employees were on board a plane that crashed in East Palo Alto early this morning. We are withholding their identities as we work with the relevant authorities to notify the families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Tesla is a small, tightly-knit company, and this is a tragic day for us,” read the statement by Musk.

According to a report on AutoWeek.com, the plane was a twin-engine Cessna 310, registered to Air Unique Inc., whose owner is listed as Doug Bourn, an electrical engineer who works at Tesla. The plane apparently hit some power lines near the airport and crashed in a residential area.  News reports indicate the area was foggy at the time the plane left the airport.

Tesla and police officials have not released the identities of the crash victims.

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