The pilot in the helicopter crash that claimed Troy Gentry’s life reported “mechanical issues” before the crash. Accord to audio obtained by The Blast, pilot James Robinson tried to hover above ground while waiting for emergency crews to arrive.
Sadly, the helicopter eventually tumbled below into a field at around 1 p.m. on Friday. Both Gentry and Robinson perished in the crash. Gentry was pulled from the passenger seat and taken to the hospital before being pronounced dead. He was 50 years old.
According to the dispatch, Robinson called in to Burlington County, N.J. requesting emergency services. He hoped for aid to arrive prior to attempting an emergency landing. He kept the helicopter hovering as long as he could.
In the dispatch, emergency responders report the situation to each other. One approaching the scene confirms the helicopter crashed into a field. They then immediately tended to the victims.
The crash happened in Medford, N.J. at the Flying W Airport and Resort. Montgomery Gentry had a scheduled performance at the resort that evening. The helicopter went down not far from the Flying W runway. Gentry’s counterpart Eddie Montgomery was not involved.
Condolences poured in from the music community since the story broke. The shocking news came just a few minutes after the passing of Don Williams as well.
Montgomery Gentry first hit the mainstream country scene in 1999. They won awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music for best new duo in 2000.
The band released eight albums between 1999 and 2015 and released 30 singles. They notched five No. 1 singles on country radio. Three of their albums made it to platinum status and they toured consistently.
Troy Gentry leaves behind his wife Angie McClure Gentry and their 14-year-old daughter Kaylee. He also had another child from a previous marriage named Taylor.
The deadly helicopter crash is currently under investigation.