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Pilot Identified in Sierra County Plane Crash

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The pilot involved in the plane crash northeast of Truckee, California last Thursday afternoon has been identified.

Officials say 67-year-old Robert Richardson of Reno was killed, when his twin-engine Cessna 421 . Richardson was a veteran of the Air Force and served as a captain in Vietnam. The FAA says he was the only one on board.

Investigators are still searching for clues as to why a plane went down. It happened in the hills near Interstate 80, up near Boca Springs Road or roughly 10-15 miles northeast of Truckee, east of the Three reservoirs in the Tahoe National Forest in tough, rocky terrain. It took authorities several hours to get to the actual crash site.

A camper reported seeing a fireball in the mountains around 1:45pm to 2pm. "There was a ball of fire hitting a mountain - and to be honest that could be a whole bunch of things, and so the more we investigate, we realized, wow, it could be a plane, and so, sure enough that sounds like what it was," says Scott Conway of Tahoe National Forest.

Several agencies assisted in the search including Washoe County with its RAVEN helicopter. The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to take over the investigation soon.

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