Valley restaurant owner, 3 others die in helicopter crash

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by Carina Sonn

azfamily.com

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 2 at 8:28 AM

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. -- A Valley CEO is among the four who died in a helicopter crash near Camp Verde on Saturday.

The wreckage wasn't discovered until a day later. A private pilot spotted it while flying overhead.

Raymond Perry, 70, who owned the Arriba Mexican Grill restaurants was piloting the Aerospatiale AS350 helicopter when it went down.

Karen Stinn, 68, of Cave Creek, as well as Mike Dunaway, 63, and wife Linda, 64, of Glendale also died in the crash.

"They were wonderful people, Christian people, and we were really glad to have them as neighbors and I'm really sorry to hear that this happened to them," said Cathy Gibbons, neighbor to the Dunaways.

The helicopter left Scottsdale on Saturday morning on its way to Sedona.

A family member of Perry posted on Facebook that the group was headed north for breakfast. Another, who answered the family's door in Phoenix, said Perry loved to take friends to sightsee.

It's possible the helicopter ran into a nearby power line, but the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating an official cause.

The medical examiner will also look into the exact cause of death for all four victims.

 

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