A medical examiner has determined the identities of the five victims of a fiery helicopter crash last Sunday in rural Cave Creek.
Services Group of America says the five passengers onboard the Eurocopter EC135 were: 64-year-old Thomas J. Stewart, his wife Madena Stewart, 40, their 5-year-old daughter Sydney, 38-year-old Mailang Abudula, Madena's brother, and the corporate pilot, 63-year-old Rick Morton.
Two family dogs were also aboard the helicopter and died.
The company helicopter was traveling to Scottsdale Air Park from Stewart's ranch in Flagstaff when it broke apart in the air and crashed into a Cave Creek wash about 3 p.m. Feb. 14. It exploded on impact -- witnesses say there were pieces of the aircraft scattered everywhere.
Stewart is the owner, founder, and CEO of SGA. The Scottsdale-based food service distributing and real estate firm is the state's second-largest privately held company. Formerly of Seattle, the company is the parent company of a number of companies including Food Services of America, Systems Services of America, Amerifresh, Ameristar Meats and Development Services of America, said Parker.
The NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.
Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m. in the main Sanctuary at Phoenix First Campus, 13613 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix.