Three Tesla Employees Killed in Plane Crash

Three employees of electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. died Wednesday when their small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood in California’s Silicon Valley, causing a major power outage in the city of Palo Alto but injuring no one on the ground.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk wasn’t on board the plane. In a statement released by the company, Mr. Musk confirmed the deaths and said Tesla is withholding the names of the three as they contact their families. “Tesla is a small, tightly-knit company, and this is a tragic day for us,” Mr. Musk said.

Tesla, which is based in the San Francisco suburb of San Carlos, has around 500 employees. The company said in a securities filing last month that it is planning an initial public offering.

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