01:35 EST 2 July 2012
A private helicopter that crashed into an Arizona river has killed all four of its passengers on board, sheriff’s officials said Sunday.
The wreckage was discovered early Sunday morning in a remote area approximately 24 hours after the aircraft was reported traveling from Sedona to Scottsdale, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said.
Search crews with the Civil Air Patrol started looking for the Aerospatiale AS350 helicopter on Saturday when it was reported overdue, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.
The wreckage was spotted around 8.45am Sunday by a private pilot south of Camp Verde, Gregor said.
Police reported 70-year-old Raymond Perry of Phoenix piloting the plane when it went down in the river in parts just waist to shoulder-width deep.
Perry, who served as CEO of the area’s Arriba Mexican Grill restaurants, was the owner of the helicopter based in Scottsdale, the sheriff’s office said.
With him were 68-year-old Karen Stinn of Cave Creek and married couple Mike Dunaway, 63 and Linda Dunaway, 63, of Glendale.
Mr Dunaway was a retired Fire Chief in Durango and his wife a former executive director of the La Plata County Humane Society.
A Facebook profile for Ms Stinn reported her working as an Arizona realtor.
Friends and family told ABC15 that Mr Perry was flying his friends to Sedona for breakfast the morning of the crash.
‘This wasn’t unusual. He did this all the time so I didn’t think anything of it,’ one of Mr Perry’s friends Al Cooper told the station.
Other passengers: The other two victims reported in the crash were retired fire chief Mike Dunaway and his wife Linda, both aged 63
Their bodies have been removed from the wreckage and taken into custody by the medical examiner’s office.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators were looking at the wreckage Sunday afternoon to determine what caused the crash.
Camp Verde is about 86 miles north of Phoenix.
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