Oakland business co-founder dies in plane crash

February 2, 2008 1:02:52 PM PST
A plane crash in Maine on Friday took the life of a 45-year-old chief executive officer and co-founder of an Oakland company that designs networking Web sites for children, a company co-founder said today.

Jeanette Symons, a former San Francisco resident, was flying with her 10-year-old son Balan when the crash occurred, Industrious Kid Inc. co-founder Tim Donovan said. The crash occurred shortly after takeoff, around 2 p.m. PST.

The mother of two was a registered pilot and regularly commuted from her home in Steamboat Springs, Colo., to Oakland. According to the Federal Aviation Administration Web site, Symons was one of multiple owners registered to a Cessna 525 fixed wing airplane.

Donovan said the company has not confirmed plans for a memorial service.

"All we know at this time is that there was a devastating plane accident," Donovan said this afternoon. "We will figure the rest out when we get more information." Industrious Kid Inc. uses security-based technology to develop social networking Web sites for children and young teenagers, according to the company Web site.