Fatal chopper crash investigation

CAMP VERDE - Word is coming out that the Aerospatiale AS350 helicopter that crashed killing four people may have struck an aerial cable that crossed above the Verde River in the area of "the Ladders," six miles south of Camp Verde.

The multi-passenger helicopter was piloted by 70-year-old Raymond Perry, the president and CEO of the popular restaurant group, Arriba Mexican Grill, who reportedly had as much as 50 years experience in the cockpit.

Other passengers killed in the wreckage included 68-year-old Karen Stinn of Cave Creek, Mike Dunaway, 63, and his wife, Linda Dunaway, 64, both of Glendale.

Camp Verde emergency crews said it seemed clear at the scene what had happened to cause the craft to break apart and crash, but that the final determination must be reported by Federal investigators.

A private plane spotted the wreckage Sunday morning and authorities were summoned.

A preliminary report on the crash is expected soon from the National Transportation Safety Board.


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