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Fatal crash causes major power outage

Power knocked out from Menlo Park to Mountain View when plane crashes in East Palo Alto in dense fog

A small plane crash in East Palo Alto caused a major power outage this morning. Power is out in parts of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford and Mountain View.

Palo Alto Utilities and PG&E are working to restore power but may not have it back until about 6 p.m., officials are reporting.

Three plane passengers are confirmed dead. There are no reports of fatalities on the ground.

The crash happened at 7:55 a.m. this morning in East Palo Alto near Beech and Pulgas Streets. Map of area

The plane hit the corner of a day care center, but nobody there was hurt, and at least two buildings. Power flickered as far north as San Carlos and Belmont.

The plane was twin-engine Cessna 310R flying under a dense fog advisory with zero to one-quarter mile visibility. The tail number indicated it was from Hawthorne, Calif.

The City of Palo Alto sent out an e-alert this morning saying the plane crashed appears to have caused the outage and there is no estimate as to when it will be restored.

Daytime classes for Foothill College are canceled at the Middlefield campus in Palo Alto.

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