Troy Gentry, of country duo Montgomery Gentry, has died following a helicopter crash in New Jersey, according to a statement posted on the group’s official site. He was 50 years and was one of the most popular singers of the country.
The crash took place before 1 p.m. ET in Medford on September 8, according to the statement. The helicopter’s pilot also was killed, authorities said. Montgomery Gentry was scheduled to perform Friday night at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Medford Police said first responders received news of a helicopter in distress that was returning to the Flying W Airport.
New dispatch audio reveals that Troy’s helicopter was hovering for several minutes before an emergency landing became a deadly crash. However, more details have emerged throughout the day, and an emergency call obtained by The Blast shows what his final moments were like.
This story just keeps getting more devastating. The call reveals that the copter had been hovering for several minutes after suffering “mechanical issues.” The pilot was “waiting for the fire department to arrive before they attempt to land,” but while they were still waiting, One of the officials on the phone confirmed that the aircraft had crashed.
The FAA has sent investigators to the scene and will conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash. The passenger involved was positively identified as Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry. They were in New Jersey where they were scheduled to perform later tonight.”
“Our hearts and prayers are with their friends and families during this tragic time,” said the chief. We’re heartbroken over this tragic accident as well, and our thoughts are with Troy’s family at this time.
Pilot James Evan Robinson, 30, died on the scene. He worked as a helicopter pilot at a flight school at the airport.