Feeds

Silicon Valley plane crash kills 3 Tesla employees

Massive power outage hits Facebook, HP

Intelligent flash storage arrays

A small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, killing the pilot and two passengers — all employees of Tesla Motors — and triggering a widespread electricity outage that cut power to thousands of homes as well as companies like Hewlett-Packard and Facebook.

Amidst a shroud of early-morning fog, the twin-engine Cessna 310 brought down a high tension transmission tower at about 8 am in East Palo Alto, California, shortly after takeoff from Palo Alto Airport, then broke apart in its descent, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

A burning wing slammed into a home where a day care center operated, landing gear crashed into a garage, an engine smashed into a carport, and the fuselage came to a halt in the middle of the street, the publication reports. The crash set two homes and several vehicles on fire.

Miraculously, no one on the ground was killed or injured.

Authorities will formally identify the three who died aboard the plane at a new conference at noon today. An investigator with the US National Transportation Safety Board told the San Jose Mercury News that it is too early in the investigation to say whether the plane stuck power lines or the transmission tower.

The destruction left over 28,000 Palo Alto residents and businesses without power for about 10 hours

The tragedy came three weeks after the San Carlos, California-based Tesla Motors filed plans to sell its stock to the public for the first time with the goal of raising $100m. Tesla's electric-powered Roadster is the only product the fledgling automaker produces — with fewer than 1,000 models delivered at the start of 2010. The company's next vehicle, the Model S electric car, is set to be released into North America in 2011.

Additional details and breaking updates on the crash can be found on the Mercury News website. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM
In the immortal words of Shaggy, it wasn't me us ... amirite?
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.