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Danny Woods
September 13, 2017

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report on Troy Gentry's fatal helicopter crash on September 8.

In its preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that Robinson was taking Gentry on an "orientation/pleasure flight" in a Schweizer 269 C-1 helicopter when the accident occurred. Both men were killed when the helicopter went down south of the Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey. As such, the helicopter's pilot was "was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs", causing him to lose control.

The report says the pilot, 1000 feet up, made a decision to perform an emergency procedure called an autorotation - in which the rotor turns from upward airflow, without the engine. Two certified helicopter flight instructors were attempting to help Robinson determine what to do and how to land as safely as possible, and Robinson "elected to stop the engine and perform an autorotation, which was a familiar procedure he had performed numerous times in the past".

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The autorotation was reportedly attempted at 950 feet above the runway, before the helicopter plummeted to the ground. "No sound could be heard from the helicopter". Gentry, the lone passenger, was cut from the wreckage and transported to Virtua Marlton in Evesham, where he was pronounced dead.

Gentry was 50. He was best known as one half of Montgomery Gentry, the popular country music duo he shared with Eddie Montgomery. The country duo was scheduled to perform at a concert at the airport later that evening.

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