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Pilot Error to Blame in Helicopter Crash That Claimed Troy Gentry’s Life

A newly released report about the helicopter crash that killed Troy Gentry puts blame on the pilot for an error made in the landing.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Pilot Error to Blame in Helicopter Crash That Claimed Troy Gentry’s Life
Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Outback Concerts

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday, Dec. 4, that pilot error is to blame in the helicopter crash that killed Troy Gentry.

On September 8, 2017, the Montgomery Gentry singer was aboard a helicopter near the Flying W Airport & Resort when the chopper had mechanical issues shortly after takeoff. The pilot reported that he was unable to control the engine RPM.

In the newly released statement, the report reads “The pilot’s early entry into and failure to maintain rotor rpm during a forced landing autorotation after performing an engine shutdown in flight, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent. Contributing to the accident was the failure of maintenance personnel to properly rig the throttle control tie-rod assembly.”

Both men in the chopper were killed by the crash.

The new report offers the mourning family a bit of closure as they look toward the future. They will be launching the Troy Gentry Foundation with a star-studded concert at the Grand Ole Opry. The show will feature performances from Dierks BentleyLee BriceColt FordTracy Lawrence, Ray Scott, Darryl WorleyJimmie Allen, Halfway to Hazard, Chris JansonDustin LynchEddie MontgomeryJustin MooreCraig MorganJon PardiRascal Flatts, Jeffrey Steele, and Neil Thrasher. Blake Shelton and SiriusXM The Highway’s Storme Warren will serve as co-hosts.

Tickets for C’Ya On The Flip Side are available via thetroygentryfoundation.orgticketmaster.com and opry.com.