NTSB Report Blames Faulty Engine for Troy Gentry Helicopter Accident

Helicopter crash that killed Troy Gentry caused by faulty engine

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the crash that killed musician Troy Gentry.

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 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. It is unclear who was piloting the helicopter at the time of the crash.

Robinson maneuvered the helicopter - a Schweizer 269C-1 - to Flying W's Runway 01.

Autorotations are frequently used in cases of engine failure, and use air moving up through the rotor during descent to power the helicopter's blades, essentially allowing it to glide to the ground.

Check back for more details from the report. Gentry, the lone passenger, was cut from the wreckage and transported to Virtua Marlton in Evesham, where he was pronounced dead.

It also indicated that investigators examined the engine, but did not make any conclusions about what might have caused any mechanical problems before the crash.

Gentry, 50, of Lexington, Kentucky, was one half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry. He was scheduled to play a show at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, where the accident occurred, on Friday.

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