Tesla Plane Crash Report Indicate Engines Normal; Cause Still A Mystery

EAST PALO ALTO (CBS/AP) — A small plane’s engines were at near full power when it crashed last year in an East Palo Alto neighborhood, killing the three Tesla Motors employees on board, according to federal investigators.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued a report Friday about the Feb. 17, 2010.

The cause may take at least several more months to determine. But the NTSB says the Cessna’s engines were running at nearly full power and the propellers were rotating when the plane slammed into an electric tower and power lines.

Investigators used a police gunfire detection system to help determine the engine power.

Two engineers and an electronics manager who worked for Tesla Motors Inc. were killed. No one on the ground was injured.

The plane was operating in fog.



(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


One Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
Got Our Weather App?

Listen Live