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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.

The report states that several minutes after takeoff, the pilot reported that he was unable to control the RPM (revolutions per minute) of the engine. After discussing the situation with another flight instructor, he opted to stop the helicopter's engine and perform an emergency maneuver called an "auto-rotation landing", in which the helicopter glides to a stop.

But the plane soon went down and crashed in a wooded area near the airport.

"The sounds of impact were heard", the report explains.

The autorotation was reportedly attempted at 950 feet above the runway, before the helicopter plummeted to the ground.

Gentry was removed from the wreckage at the scene but was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The trip was described as an "orientation/pleasure flight" for Gentry, who was scheduled to perform a concert later that night at the airport as part of his award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry. It is unclear who was piloting the helicopter at the time of the crash. The crash occurred hours before they were due to perform at a resort housed at the airport.

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