• Feb 18, 2010
Wreckage from the deadly Palo Alto plane crash – Click above to watch the video after the break

Details on the deadly airplane crash that took the lives of three Tesla Motors employees are now filtering in, including the identities of the deceased. As reported yesterday, the Cessna 310 aircraft was owned by 56-year-old Doug Bourn, who worked as a senior electrical engineer at the electric car company, and he was indeed piloting the aircraft when it went down.

The other two passengers have been identified as Andrew Ingram, 31, of Palo Alto, an electrical engineer; and Brian M. Finn, 42, of East Palo Alto; a senior manager of interactive electronics. Finn reportedly lived with his one-year-old daughter just two blocks from where the plane went down in East Palo Alto.

It's still not known what caused the plane to go down, but the San Jose Mercury News reports that it was likely a mechanical problem of some kind and not necessarily due to the foggy conditions that were encountered on Wednesday. Click past the break for a video from the Contra Costa Times.

[Source: San Jose Mercury News]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Give me an F'ing break. Shut up.

      Condolences to the families. RIP to the men involved.
      • 4 Years Ago
      RIP a sad day indeed..

      Condolences to the families
      • 4 Years Ago
      RIP
      I pray for the families of those people. Pioneers they were
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man...I always feel like someone's punched me in the heart when I read about little kids being among the bereft. Knowing that a kid will never get to know his/her parent really gets me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Two blocks away. Wow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so sad... RIP.
      • 4 Years Ago
      RIP. Condolences and prayers for the families.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As sad as this is, does this really belong on autoblog? Will they also post reports on when other engineers from other car companies tragically die?

      RIP to the people on board the plane
      • 4 Years Ago
      My condolences to the families and friends.

      What is with all the Cessna planes malfunctioning? This is discouraging to say the least.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If someone owns a private aircraft, it is most likely a Cessna. So when something goes wrong with one and it crashes, it will most likely be a Cessna. It doesn't indicate some epidemic across the brand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's amazing the ignorance of people with respect to airplanes and aviation.

        like someone else said, almost all general aviation airplanes are cessnas so when one goes down there is a good chance it will be a cessna.

        im a pilot and just hearing that there was fog and seeing the dense fog from the pictures almost immediately points to pilot error. most likely there was absolutely NOTHING wrong with the aircraft. i don't know anything else about the accident but i could make a pretty safe bet that it was a) pilot error and nothing mechanical... and b) that the fog was a major cause.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They don't all crash.
        • 4 Years Ago
        These self-appointed experts asserting that 'almost all' general aviation aircraft are Cessnas are incorrect and naive. I'll leave it to others to research the brand proportions of currently registered general aviation aircraft.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because all brands of light airplanes planes crash at the same rate? Knucklehead.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks B.F for all your support on our projects,,, we will miss us !! RIP B.F the best boss ever!
      • 4 Years Ago
      May they Rest In Peace... and may their Families have the strength to endure... these guys are the unsung heros of the future of the car industry... such a shame...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "As reported yesterday, the Cessna 310 aircraft was owned by 56-year-old Dob Bourn, who worked as a senior electrical engineer at the electric car company, and he was indeed piloting the aircraft when it went down."
      Wow, way to misspell Mr. Bourn's name when it's correct in the tags...
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