After losing her husband, Troy Gentry, five months ago in a fatal helicopter crash, Angie Gentry has filed a lawsuit against the helicopter manufacturers behind the helicopter her husband was flying in when it crashed.
According to Courthouse News Service, Angie contends that the throttle cable jammed soon after takeoff and threw the engine into high speeds. The failure by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Keystone Helicopter Corp. to make the aircraft crashworthy left occupants no chance of survival in case of an emergency.
“The dangers from the lack of crashworthiness and defects in the engine, transmission and sprag clutch, throttle cables, engine attachments and absence of crashworthy features were unknown to the average user and consumer of this helicopter but well known to these defendants who made it a point to hide and deny any problems that could and did cause serious personal injury and death,” the complaint states.
“Because of defects in the engine, throttle cable attachment and collective control, the helicopter did not enter autorotation as expected, it did not disengage smartly from the transmission so the engine the rotors slowed to a speed lower than would permit a safe autorotation, thus allowing the helicopter to drop like a stone to the ground below, killing all aboard.”
Troy was killed in the crash on Sept. 8, 2017, when he went for a ride prior to a concert Montgomery Gentry was performing later that night at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford, N.J.
Sikorsky spokeswoman Callie Ferrari said in a statement, “We are fully cooperating with the NTSB and cannot comment further due to the investigation.”