The National Transportation Safety Board has come out with their ruling on what happened during the helicopter crash that killed Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry on September 8, 2017.
According to the report, the pilot cut the engine too soon as he tried to attempt an emergency landing, which led to an uncontrolled descent. The helicopter crashed in nearby woods instead of reaching the Flying W Airport runway.
Pilot James Evan Robinson, who also died in the crash, reported that he couldn’t control the engine, soon after takeoff. Air traffic controllers had advised the pilot to attempt a shallow run-on landing, but the pilot instead advised that he was going to cut the engine and try to glide in, something he said he had done before.
Air traffic control then advised the the pilot to wait until the helicopter was over the runway before turning off the engine, however investigators concluded the the pilot cut the engine too far out.
In addition, The NTSB also concluded that the maintenance crew’s failure to rig the throttle control assembly before the flight, contributed to the crash.
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Troy, one half of popular country duo Montgomery Getnry, was killed in the helicopter crash on Sept. 8, 2017 prior to a scheduled Montgomery Gentry concert that night. Troy was taking a ride in the helicopter at the Flying W Airport in Medford N.J., when the helicopter spun out of control.
Troy will be remembered during a tribute concert next year in Nashville. The Troy Gentry Foundation Concert, set for Jan. 9 at the Grand Ole Opry House, will include performances by Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson, Rascal Flatts and Eddie Montgomery.