Wednesday, February 17, 2010

plane crash, East Palo Alto

One of the deceased , originally uploaded by dinab.

There was a plane crash in East Palo Alto this morning, about 2 miles from my house. All three people on the plane died, but there were no other injuries or fatalities. From the NY Times Bay Area blog:
At about 7:55 a.m., the twin-engine Cessna 310, which took off from Palo Alto Airport heading for Los Angeles County’s Hawthorne Municipal Airport, crashed into a residential neighborhood in East Palo Alto and might have caused widespread power outages. The plane was believed to be owned by Doug Bourn, a senior electrical engineer for Tesla Motors, a spokesperson with the company told The San Francisco Chronicle.

According to “The plane hit transmission lines that are draped 377 feet above the ground near the Dumbarton Bridge. It exploded on impact with the wires, splitting into two pieces and igniting fires at two homes.”
Power is out in Palo Alto and some of Stanford (the main and children's hospital are running on generator power). Palo Alto Utilities estimates restoration of power around 5:30 pm.

More photos here and here.

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