Troy Gentry's Fatal Helicopter Crash Caused by Engine Failure


Engine failure caused the helicopter crash that killed country star Troy Gentry and a pilot last week in New Jersey, a preliminary NTSB report revealed on Wednesday.

The pilot was then reportedly told to attempt an autorotation, which TMZ describes as when the main rotor is still supposed to turn, even without power, and glide the chopper to the ground.

Robinson maneuvered the helicopter - a Schweizer 269C-1 - to Flying W's Runway 01.

"The sounds of impact were heard", the report explains.

After reporting the engine issues, Robinson discussed options for an emergency landing, the report said.

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Check back for more details from the report. Gentry, the lone passenger, was cut from the wreckage and transported to Virtua Marlton in Evesham, where he was pronounced dead.

Robinson, 30, who recently moved to Medford from Georgia to work at the helicopter flight school, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"He reported he could "roll" the twist-grip, but that there was no corresponding change in engine RPM when he did so", the report explains.

Troy Gentry, best known as part of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, will be remembered Thursday morning with a celebration of life at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

According to the report, the helicopter ride was a recreational one: "an orientation/pleasure flight to the passenger who was scheduled to perform in a concert on the airport later that evening".