A twin-engine Cessna crashed into transmission lines shortly after take-off from a small airport, exploding on impact, killing all three people onboard and crashing into an East Palo neighborhood, authorities said.

The plane, authorities said, was bound for Hawthorne Municipal Airport in Southern California and took off in foggy conditions and crashed about 7:50 a.m. near Garden and Beech streets northwest of the Palo Alto airport.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said all three who were on the plane were killed, but there had been no injuries on the ground.

Daniel Morales, who told KTVU he had previously flown with the pilot and was at the airport when the plane departed, identiifed him as a high-ranking official at Tesla Motors with two other of the firm's employees onboard. Authorities, however, have not released the names of the victims.


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