Troy Gentry's Fatal Helicopter Crash Caused by Engine Failure

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On Wednesday, the NTSB published its preliminary report into Friday's fatal crash in Medford, New Jersey.

Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryAs the country music world continues to mourn the death of Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry in a helicopter crash on September 8, the National Transportation Safety Board has released its aviation accident preliminary report explaining the reason for the crash. As such, the helicopter's pilot was "was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs", causing him to lose control.

The 30-year-old pilot reportedly hovered while waiting for emergency crews to arrive before attempting to make a forced landing at the Flying W Airport in Medford using "a power-off, auto-rotational descent" from an altitude of 950 feet.

"During the descent, the rotor rpm decayed to the point where the instructor could see the individual rotor blades", the report said. The country duo was scheduled to perform at a concert at the airport later that evening.

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Robinson, who had logged over 480 hours of helicopter flight experience and an estimated 300 in the Schweizer model, had performed the procedure "numerous times in the past" and was told to initiate over the runway. Its most recent 100-hour inspection was completed August 17, 2017, at 7,884 total aircraft hours.

Gentry was born April 5, 1967 in Lexington, Kentucky and went on to attend both Lexington Community College and the University of Kentucky.

The duo had success on the country charts, scoring five No. 1 hits.

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