PHOENIX (AP) — Five people were aboard a helicopter that crashed just north of Phoenix over the weekend, including the owner and founder of a national firm that is Arizona's second-largest privately held company, Services Group of America.
The company said in a statement Monday that 64-year-old Thomas J. Stewart was killed.
The company's statement did not identify the other four aboard, but said they were believed to have been killed in the fiery crash on Sunday.
Arizona state Sen. Jonathan Paton eulogized Thomas, his wife and one of his six children on the Senate floor on Monday.
The statement from the Scottsdale-based food service distributing and real estate firm says the company-owned Eurocopter EC135 was headed to Scottsdale from the Flagstaff area when it crashed in a rural desert wash.
Stewart moved his company to Arizona from Seattle in 2006.