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Amazon.com exec dies in plane crash
SeattlePI ^ | 12/5/11 | KOMO TV

Posted on 12/05/2011 12:13:24 PM PST by illiac

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Page 1 of 1 ST. IGNACE, Mich. - A top executive with Amazon.com was one of two men killed in a plane crash late Saturday in northern Michigan, officials confirmed.

Coast Guard crews found the plane wreckage about noon Sunday after detecting a signal from an emergency locator beacon.

On board the crashed plane was Amazon's web services director, Thomas Phillips, 52, with homes in Kirkland and Mackinac Island, and Joseph Pann Jr., 29, of St. Ignace.

Phillips is a long-time tech sector executive who spent nearly 20 years with Microsoft before coming over to Amazon. He helped run part of the cloud computing services with the online retailer.

The plane left an airfield in the eastern Upper Peninsula on Saturday night, bound for Mackinac Island in the Straits Mackinac.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattlepi.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: amazon; business; computers

1 posted on 12/05/2011 12:13:29 PM PST by illiac
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odd and sad. he was young and died on a 6 minute flight.


2 posted on 12/05/2011 12:45:29 PM PST by GOP Poet (Time for Bambi and his commie crew to go.)
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To: illiac

Wow, death from a 6-minute puddle-jump flight over water, 100 yards from shore.

That’s exactly the kind of “bad day” that you hope would be possible to come back from alive - but apparently not.

R.I.P.


3 posted on 12/05/2011 12:47:00 PM PST by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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I have spearheaded my company’s migration exclusively to Amazon Web Services - a tremendous cloud-based service and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you, Mr. Phillips, for driving this great resource forward. We will miss you and hope the innovative spirit of AWS continues in your absence.


4 posted on 12/05/2011 12:50:39 PM PST by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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Just great. What does this mean?


5 posted on 12/05/2011 1:46:49 PM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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Wondering the same thing....this was not in the copy and paste portion of the article....,must have something embedded in the story.....sorry...


6 posted on 12/05/2011 1:49:23 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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Here's an article with more information. It was a charter plane with a hired pilot, and fog was probably a factor. He leaves behind a wife and children.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2016935822_amazonexec05m.html

7 posted on 12/05/2011 1:58:48 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: illiac

Either WalMart or Google sabotaged the plane!


8 posted on 12/05/2011 2:41:06 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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RIP.


9 posted on 12/05/2011 2:49:12 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (If Newt Gingrich is a Reliable Conservative, Joe Biden is a member of MENSA)
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