Micron CEO Steve Appleton has been killed in a plane crash at the Boise Airport. His experimental fixed wing single engine Lancair crashed around 9 a.m. in between two runways at the airport. KTVB-TV in Boise reports a chilling recording from air traffic controllers paints the picture of panic shortly after take-off. 

In the background of the audio from the control tower, a woman’s voice can be heard saying, “Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.”

Micron released a statement just a few minutes ago.”Our hearts go out to his wife, Dalynn, his children and his family during this tragic time.  Steve’s passion and energy left an indelible mark on Micron, the Idaho community and the technology industry at large.”

Steve Appleton was 51-years-old and leaves behind a wife and four children.

As a result of the tragedy, Micron shares were halted on Friday. Appleton served as CEO of the semiconductor firm from 1994. The tragic news comes after President and COO Mark Durcan said last week he will retire at the end of August.