An airplane heading to the Bay Area crashed in Reno on Sunday evening, killing three passengers on board, an airport spokesman said.
The Piper Cherokee was heading to San Carlos, spokesman Brian Kulpin told the NBC affiliate KRNV, when it crashed about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, soon after takeoff.
The three passengers killed have been identified as Robert Drescher, 57, of Stevenson Ranch, Ed Mumbert, 46, of Santa Cruz, and Ronni Hernandez, 34.
A memorial was being planned for Mumbert at a San Jose church where he was a member. Dick Bernal, the pastor at Jubilee Christian Church, said Mumbert had been working as a bail bondsman in San Jose and Santa Cruz for the past 25 years.
"You would have loved him," Bernal said. "Everyone loved Ed. ... Maybe the kindest, most generous man. He was loved by a lot of people. A lot of different people. We will celebrate his life."
An Army veteran, Mumbert went to Reno to retrieve a woman who had jumped bail, NBC Bay Area learned.
A San Carlos airport spokesman told NBC Bay Area on Monday that the pilot became a tenant on the Peninsula about two weeks ago and wasn't that well known in this area. Based on the pilot's history of flights, he looked to be experienced, the spokesman said.
Many at the airport were anxious to hear what caused the crash.
"It’s a small community here," said Octavio Valdioscra. "When something like that happens it’s just like devastating for everyone."
The plane was not commercial and was registered to an LLC in Albequerque, New Mexico.
Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.