Details About Country Star's Death Finally Revealed

The world of country music lost one of its own recently, and details about the circumstances leading to the loss have finally been revealed.

A preliminary investigation into the helicopter crash that killed country music star Troy Gentry found that engine failure was to blame. The National Travel Safety Bureau confirms that the pilot had called in about trouble just before the accident.

Gentry's colleagues and fans are devastated by the loss.

Gentry, who is one-half of the musical duo Montgomery Gentry, died on Friday after the helicopter he was riding in crashed in Medford, New Jersey.

Gentry hadn't planned the helicopter ride, but when he was offered one he spontaneously agreed and took off. Gentry was injured in the crash and rushed to the hospital, but later died of his injuries.

"According to the chief flight instructor for the operator, the purpose of the flight was to provide an orientation/pleasure flight to the passenger who was scheduled to perform in a concert on the airport later that evening," read the NTSB report.

"Several minutes after takeoff, the pilot reported over the airport UNICOM frequency that he was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs. He reported he could 'roll' the twistgrip, but that there was no corresponding change in engine rpm when he did so."

"The pilot elected to stop the engine and perform an autorotation, which was a familiar procedure he had performed numerous times in the past. Prior to entering the autorotation, the pilot was advised to initiate the maneuver over the runway," the four-page report went on.

At that point, the flight instructors saw the helicopter coming in and could tell the engine was off.

"The helicopter descended from view prior to reaching the runway threshold and the sounds of impact were heard. Both instructors reported that a high-pitched 'whine' could be heard from the helicopter during the latter portion of the descent."

Pilot James Evan Robinson, who was also killed in the crash, had extensive experience with the craft, and flight instructors were monitored from the ground.

The Flying W Airport said in a statement, "The day started with such excitement as the Montgomery Gentry bus rolled through our gates. The nicest people got off the bus and joined us on the ramp for what we hoped would be the best concert we have ever had. Sadly this was not to be.”

The band was slated to appear at a concert that evening, and the tragic news was a devastating blow. A public memorial service was held for the 50-year-old country star in Nashville, Tennessee at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Keith Urban, Travis Tritt, Randy Owen, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, and Michael Ray were among the few stars who crowded in to pay respects at the memorial.

Gentry's partner Eddie Montgomery received a lot of hugs and condolences during the touching ceremony. “I reckon we’re like a married couple, sort of,” Montgomery had said of his partner in a 2013 interview with the Des Moines Register.

“You hear horror stories all the time about duos, but we’ve always just been friends having fun and making music.”

Gentry is survived by his wife, Angie, and their two daughters, Kaylee and Taylor.

Source: People, Wide Open Country
Photos: YouTube, NJ, WYKT, TMZ

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