The 2nd victim in the Tesla crash in Texas has been named. Elon Musk and police still don’t agree if the car was driving itself.

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The wreckage of the Tesla Model S that crashed in Texas, April 17 2021.

  • 69-year-old Everette Talbot has been named as the second victim of a Tesla crash in Texas.
  • He and friend Dr William Varner died after the car crashed into a tree and caught fire.
  • Police say no-one was driving, but Elon Musk has contested that.
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The second victim in the Texas Tesla crash has been named, as police and CEO Elon Musk continue to offer conflicting accounts of how the vehicle was being driven when it crashed.

69-year-old Everette Talbot is one of two people who died in a blazing crash in a Houston-area suburb Saturday evening, according to ABC News.

Talbot’s name was reported two days after that of the other victim, his close friend 59-year-old Dr William Varner. They crashed just a few hundred yards away from where they set out in the Tesla Model S.

The car, traveling at high speed, failed to negotiate a bend and came off the road on Hammock Dunes Place, a residential street in a upscale Houston suburb. The car crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

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The wreckage of the Tesla Model S that crashed in Texas, April 17 2021.

Police say they are sure that at the time of the crash nobody was driving the car, which is famous for its ability to partially operate itself.

Musk, however, has said that data from the car shows that its Autopilot mode was not engaged, prompting questions about what was happening behind the wheel.

Constable Mark Herman of Harris County Precinct 4 told local outlet KHOU 11 that deputies who recovered the bodies “are 100% certain that no one was in the driver seat driving that vehicle at the time of impact.”

Herman said that the bodies were in the front passenger seat and a rear seat. An unnamed family member told local news outlet that KPRC 2 that the owner had backed out of the driveway, and then may have moved to the back seat.

In a tweet on Monday Musk said: “Data logs recovered so far show Autopilot was not enabled & this car did not purchase FSD.”

FSD is Tesla’s Full Self-Driving mode. When switched on, Autopilot keeps a car centered in its lane and maintains a steady distance from other vehicles, but does not make cars autonomous. Full Self-Driving mode automates more driving tasks, but the company says it still requires a driver’s full attention.

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Elon Musk.

In response to Musk’s tweet, Herman told Reuters that he “will eagerly wait for that data.”

The crash is now under investigation by both the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The investigations could take as long as two years to determine what happened.

Justin Kendrick, the SVP and CEO at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center where Varner worked, told ABC that he was a “tremendous human being.”

Local news reporter Ivory Hecker posted an image of Varner which he said came form his colleagues:

According to DailyMail.com, Talbot ran a financial firm. He has also been described in local reports as an engineer. His daughter told the outlet: “We are going through a living hell right now. As his daughter, I asked everyone to wait for the investigation to be completed.”

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A stock image of the Tesla Model S.

Early local reports, citing Herman, had said that the blaze could not be extinguished for four hours. This account has been disputed by Palmer Buck of The Woodlands Township Fire Department according to the Houston Chronicle.

“With respect to the fire fight, unfortunately, those rumors grew out way of control,” he said. “It did not take us four hours to put out the blaze. Our guys got there and put down the fire within two to three minutes, enough to see the vehicle had occupants.”

What did take hours was what firefighters call “final extinguishment,” the Chronicle reported, as electric car batteries can continue to flare up even after the fire is under control. “We had to keep it cool, were on scene for four hours, but we were simply pouring a little bit of water on it,” Buck said.

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A Wisconsin Air National Guard F-16 pilot is dead after a fighter jet crash in Michigan

A Wisconsin Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft
A Wisconsin Air National Guard F-16.

  • A Wisconsin National Guard F-16 fighter jet crashed in Michigan during a routine training flight Tuesday night, the Guard said in a Facebook post.
  • The Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing announced Thursday afternoon that the pilot, who was initially missing after the crash, had died.
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A Wisconsin Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during a routine training flight Tuesday evening. The pilot’s death was announced Thursday afternoon.

The fighter jet, which went down around 8 p.m. Tuesday in Delta County, Michigan, was assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison, Wisconsin.

“The cause of the crash, as well as the status of the pilot, are unknown at this time, and the incident is under investigation,” the Wisconsin National Guard said in the immediate aftermath.

On Thursday, the 115th Fighter Wing announced that the pilot, who was initially missing after the crash, had died. The pilot’s identity is being withheld for 24 hours, during which time next of kin will be notified.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss; our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” 115th Fighter Wing commander Col. Bart Van Roo said in a statement. “Today is a day for mourning, the 115th Fighter Wing and the entire Wisconsin National Guard stands with the pilot’s family as we grieve the loss of a great Airman, and patriot.”

“We are an extremely close knit group at the fighter wing, the loss of one of our own brings immeasurable sadness to every member of our organization,” he added.

The US military has seen a handful of F-16 crashes this year, some of which have been deadly.

In mid-July, a US Air Force F-16C Viper crashed while landing at Holloman Air Force base in New Mexico. The pilot of the single-seat aircraft was able to eject successfully and sustained only minor injuries.

In June, an Air Force F-16CM Fighting Falcon crashed during a late-night flight at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. The pilot, 1st Lt. David Schmitz, died after being taken to a local hospital.

In November last year, Air Force Magazine reported that the Air Force said that it had seen no data pointing to any safety issues with the fighter aircraft, despite a string of F-16 crashes over the years.

Update: This post, which was initially published on 12/9/2020, has been updated to include the announcement on the pilot’s death.

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