The helicopter crash that killed Troy Gentry of country act Montgomery Gentry on Sept. 8 in New Jersey was caused by a faulty engine, TMZ reports.
The information comes from the preliminary accident report from the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), which was reportedly obtained by TMZ.
The document reportedly states that the pilot “was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs,” which TMZ translates to mean “the engine was not responding to the throttle inputs, so the pilot on the doomed aircraft had lost control.”
The pilot was then reportedly told to attempt an autorotation, which TMZ describes as when the main rotor is still supposed to turn, even without power, and glide the chopper to the ground.
The autorotation was reportedly attempted at 950 feet above the runway, before the helicopter plummeted to the ground.
Gentry was on the helicopter “purely for pleasure,” TMZ reports from the NTSB document.
Gentry was 50. He was best known as one half of Montgomery Gentry, the popular country music duo he shared with Eddie Montgomery.
The duo’s hit country songs include “Lonely and Gone,” “She Couldn’t Change Me,” “My Town,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something to be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.”
Gentry was born April 5, 1967 in Lexington, Kentucky and went on to attend both Lexington Community College and the University of Kentucky.
He was married to Angie Gentry and had two daughters, Taylor and Kaylee.
The memorial service for Gentry will be held Sept. 14 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. It will be streamed live at 11 a.m. CT. For information on how to view the stream, click here.
Source:: East Bay – Entertainment