NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Troy Gentry's Fatal Helicopter Crash

Lawrence Kim
September 14, 2017

In its preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that Robinson was taking Gentry on an "orientation/pleasure flight" in a Schweizer 269 C-1 helicopter when the accident occurred.

Gentry died when the helicopter he was riding in crashed just a few hours before a concert Montgomery Gentry were slated to perform in Medford, N.J., on September 8.

The helicopter crash that killed Troy Gentry of country act Montgomery Gentry on September 8 in New Jersey was caused by a faulty engine, TMZ reports. However, "several minutes" after takeoff, the pilot, James Evan Robinson - who was also killed in the crash - radioed to report "that he was unable to control engine RPM with throttle inputs".

After discussing the issue with experts on the ground, the pilot chose to stop the engine and perform an autorotation that would glide the helicopter down to a runway at the Flying W Airport in Medford.

Robinson, who logged 480.9 total hours of flight experience, spent the majority of his experience in the same helicopter make and model of the one that crashed.

"During the descent, the rotor rpm decayed to the point where the instructor could see the individual rotor blades", the report said. It was most recently inspected on August 17. The duo is best known for their singles "My Town", "Daddy Won't Sell The Farm", and "Something to Be Proud Of" - which made it to #1 on the country music charts in 2005.

Charlie Daniels recalled telling Gentry and Eddie Montgomery they were going to become members of the Grand Ole Opry.

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