Troy Gentry Crash: NTSB Says Pilot Error Prompted Lethal Helicopter Accident
Pilot error following engine upkeep issues induced the helicopter crash that killed Montgomery Gentry singer Troy Gentry and the pilot at a small airport the place he was to carry out that evening, federal investigators mentioned.
The pilot minimize the engine too quickly as he tried an emergency touchdown, resulting in an uncontrolled descent, the Nationwide Transportation Security Board mentioned in a last report. As a substitute of reaching the runway on the Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey, the helicopter crashed in woods close by.
Gentry, 50, who was half of the award-winning nation music duo Montgomery Gentry, was taking a pleasure and orientation flight earlier than the live performance on the airport’s resort. The opposite half of the duo, Eddie Montgomery, and different band members had been on the airport on the time.
A number of minutes after takeoff, pilot James Evan Robinson informed specialists on the bottom that he couldn’t management the engine. They advised a shallow, run-on touchdown, however he as a substitute mentioned he deliberate to chop the engine and attempt to glide in, a maneuver he mentioned he had executed earlier than, the report mentioned.
The specialists careworn the necessity to wait till he was over the runway to show off the engine, however investigators discovered he as a substitute did so a quarter- to half-mile out. The NTSB mentioned the upkeep crew’s failure to rig the throttle management meeting earlier than the flight contributed to the crash. Gentry was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the place he met Montgomery.
Montgomery Gentry had success on the nation charts and nation radio within the 2000s, scoring No. 1 hits that included “Roll With Me” and “Again Once I Knew It All.” A few of their songs even cracked the Prime 40 pop charts.
The band combined nation music with Southern rock. It was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009. It launched its debut album, Tattoos & Scars, in 1999.