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Troy Gentry's Fatal Helicopter Crash Caused by Engine Failure

Troy Gentry's Fatal Helicopter Crash Caused by Engine Failure

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.

In a report obtained by TMZ, the NTSB revealed that the pilot lost control of the aircraft when the engine would not respond to throttle inputs.

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

Gentry was 50. He was best known as one half of Montgomery Gentry, the popular country music duo he shared with Eddie Montgomery. He had logged more than 480 hours of flight experience, and more than 300 hours in the specific make and model of helicopter that crashed.

Instead, at about 950 feet, the RPM "decayed", the report showed, and the pilot could actually see the individual blades - as their craft fell from the sky near the Flying W Airport in Medford.

Robinson, 30, who recently moved to Medford from Georgia to work at the helicopter flight school, was pronounced dead at the scene. "The helicopter descended from view prior to reaching the runway threshold and the sounds of impact were heard".

Gentry was removed from the wreckage at the scene but was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The trouble began several minutes after the flight began Friday afternoon at Flying W Airport in Burlington County.