Three Tesla Motors Employees Killed i...

Three Tesla Motors Employees Killed in East Palo Alto Plane Crash

There are 10 comments on the technologyexpert.blogspot.com story from Feb 17, 2010, titled Three Tesla Motors Employees Killed in East Palo Alto Plane Crash. In it, technologyexpert.blogspot.com reports that:

Three employees of Tesla motors, the upscale electric car company (read: not affordable) have died in a small plane crash in East Palo Alto. The company has confirmed the deaths on their website, in a message from CEO Elon Musk.

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conaire

Waterloo, IA

#2 Feb 17, 2010
Bummer. My condolences to their families and friends.
Les Claypool

Rowlett, TX

#3 Feb 17, 2010
Very sad.

Bring on the conspiracy theory nuts...
AnnDee

Green Bay, WI

#4 Feb 17, 2010
Les Claypool wrote:
Very sad.
Bring on the conspiracy theory nuts...
Why on earth would you bring that up?
How low
A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000.

The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive Inc. follows a $465 million government loan to
Tesla Motors Inc.,
purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster. Tesla, like Fisker, is a California startup focusing on high-end hybrids, with a number of celebrity endorsements that is backed by investors that have contributed to Democratic campaigns.

Fisker’s Karma hybrid sports car, above, will initially cost about $89,000.*

The awards to Fisker and Tesla have prompted concern from companies that have had their bids for loans rejected, and criticism from groups that question why vehicles aimed at the wealthiest customers are getting loans subsidized by taxpayers.

“This is not for average Americans,” said Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, an anti-tax group in Washington.“This is for people to put something in their driveway that is a conversation piece. It’s status symbol thing.”

via Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan – WSJ.com http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1253831608126...
AnnDee

Green Bay, WI

#5 Feb 17, 2010
Les Claypool wrote:
Very sad.
Bring on the conspiracy theory nuts...
Is that what you meant?
The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive Inc. follows a $465 million government loan to Tesla Motors Inc., purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster. Tesla, like Fisker, is a California startup focusing on high-end hybrids, with a number of celebrity endorsements that is backed by investors that have contributed to Democratic campaigns.

Fisker’s Karma hybrid sports car, above, will initially cost about $89,000.

*The awards to Fisker and Tesla have prompted concern from companies that have had their bids for loans rejected, and criticism from groups that question why vehicles aimed at the wealthiest customers are getting loans subsidized by taxpayers.

“This is not for average Americans,” said Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, an anti-tax group in Washington.“This is for people to put something in their driveway that is a conversation piece. It’s status symbol thing.”*

via Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan – WSJ.com http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1253831608126...
long gone

AOL

#6 Feb 17, 2010
If we was supposed to fly, we would have been born with wings.
Journeyman 71234

Seattle, WA

#7 Feb 17, 2010
Oh no, its gotta be GM or FORD... right?
Yea, sure.
It would more likely be an oil rich arab or its just an accident

Since: Aug 09

Schaumburg, IL

#8 Feb 17, 2010
I did not know that Toyota made airplanes.
Les Claypool

United States

#9 Feb 18, 2010
AnnDee wrote:
<quoted text>
Why on earth would you bring that up?
How low
A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000.
The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive Inc. follows a $465 million government loan to
Tesla Motors Inc.,
purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster. Tesla, like Fisker, is a California startup focusing on high-end hybrids, with a number of celebrity endorsements that is backed by investors that have contributed to Democratic campaigns.
Fisker’s Karma hybrid sports car, above, will initially cost about $89,000.*
The awards to Fisker and Tesla have prompted concern from companies that have had their bids for loans rejected, and criticism from groups that question why vehicles aimed at the wealthiest customers are getting loans subsidized by taxpayers.
“This is not for average Americans,” said Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, an anti-tax group in Washington.“This is for people to put something in their driveway that is a conversation piece. It’s status symbol thing.”
via Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan – WSJ.com http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1253831608126...
I guess that is one. Here's another:
Who Killed the Electric Car?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Killed_the_E...
BTA

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#10 Feb 18, 2010
Foggy weather as a contributing factor? Not on takeoff. that 310 unless it was way out of it's weight and balance should have been able to make a runway heading climb of at least 700 to 1000 ft per min., Especially considering the airports low altitude. When I take off visibility is never a big factor except for avoiding other aircraft, Otherwise the nose is pointed up and all I see is sky. Fog didn't stop that plane from climbing out. Fog won't kill the instrament panel. They may have lost the engine, or gone into a stall or something, but to hit anything only 100 feet tall that is not on the airport grounds is very unusual.
go go golphers

Ridge Spring, SC

#11 Feb 18, 2010
Yet another tradgey felt by us all.

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