UPDATE - 12:58PM - According to Patrick Jones from the NTSB, the plane was flying from San Jose to Reno. The pilot told air traffic he was starting to lose control, they lost contact with him around 13,000 feet. Jones says the plane then hit the side of the cliff and fell back.
While the identity of the pilot has not been released yet, the wife of Robert Richardson of Reno, says her husband was in the plane.
Cindi Richardson says her husband owned the Cessna 421 and loved to fly. She says he fell in love with flying when he joined the air force.
"He just had a love affair with flying. He just loved it so, I'm glad he was doing what he loved to do," says Richardson.
Another family member tells News 4 Bob was "a great husband, brother, father and friend."
According to the NTSB, the debris site at the crash was about 70 yards. Jones says they look at everything that could have wrong during the flight. An exact cause of the crash probably won't be determined until the wreckage has been clear.
Richardson says she's having a hard time coming to grips with what happened.
"He has so many family and friends that love him, his family just adored him," says Richardson.
VERDI, Calif. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- One person has been confirmed dead in the Cessna 421C crash 10 miles from Verdi, CA, according to the FAA. The identity of the person has not been released, but Reno resident Cindi Richardson does believe her husband died in the crash. The plane belongs to Tri-Wings LLC. The managing member is Robert J. Richardson. It is unknown at this point if Richardson was in the plane, but Cindi says he was flying yesterday.
The aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.