• Nov 27th 2006 at 8:38AM
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On Saturday, ToMoCo's executive engineer for hybrid vehicles in the States, David Hermance, died after his plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Long Beach, California. The 59-year-old was an avid pilot who was reportedly performing aerobatic stunts when his Interavia E-3 stalled and plummeted into the water.
Hermance worked for General Motors for 26 years before leaving the automaker in 1991 to join in the development of Toyota's hybrid vehicles, including the Prius. Not just an engineer, Hermance also served as a spokesperson for the company, touting the brands hybrid offerings both in the U.S. and abroad.

[Source: Detroit News]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Was the plane a hybrid? If not, I'll be the first to raise the hypocrite flag.

      Planes as far as I know are more, or at least equally pollutant compared with cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kind emotions.
      • 8 Years Ago
      so the toyota hybrids are actually american?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not quite the point of the post there Josh

      dont'cha think?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm a pilot, as such I always look at reports of aviation accidents with a eye to how I can learn from it. That's hard to do when the information is wrong. My fault for getting my "news" from a blog. Won't do it again, sorry.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, the whole of my knowledge hasn't extended into the aeronautic realm, yet. The post has been corrected with the proper information.

      One thing that was pointed out to me when this gig began is the fact that blogs are ever evolving and although we strive for accuracy on the first try, mistakes happen and we do our best to correct them. If you're reading this like a newspaper or a magazine, don't. That's not the point. And if you have a problem with the site overall, you can either let us know in a civil manner or frequent another site. The choice is yours.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Japs need an American engineer from GM to do anything remotely innovative, but they still steal from the West, as evident from the lawsuits pending against them for stealing from Solomon Technologies and Antonov PLC. Toyota deserves to crash and burn.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There was a reference to the engine stalling in the initial post. I caught it and Damon has subsequently corrected it. The system works. :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chris -

      "The Japs"?

      Hey you better watch out, them folks at the internment camps might hear ya.

      Wait, this isn't WWII anymore? Ah, %$#%$%.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      For Christ sake, the man died and you keep talking about if the plane stalled, or if it was the engine, or both, or whatever, come on guys.

      R.I.P Hermance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2 (erk) - Not quite the point? Facts are facts. You apparently do not respect factual accuracy as much as Autoblog.com should, if it wishes to be taken seriously.
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