Helicopter in fatal crash near Camp Verde hit cable

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Federal investigators have confirmed a helicopter that crashed in the Verde River hit a cable.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Monday, which said the chopper was flying low through a canyon on June 30 when it crashed near Camp Verde.

The wreckage was located July 1. The helicopter was lying on its right side in approximately 4 to 5 feet of water in the center of the Verde River.

The cable pulley system that sits about 50 feet above the river was found about 300 feet north of the wreckage.

Authorities said the four victims on the helicopter had flown from Scottsdale to Sedona for breakfast. They were on their way back to Scottsdale when the chopper went down.

Raymond Perry, 70, who owned the Arriba Mexican Grill restaurants, was piloting the helicopter when it went down. Karen Stinn, 68, of Cave Creek, and Glendale couple Mike Dunaway, 63, and Linda Dunaway, 64, were also on board.