Pilot Error Blamed For Helicopter Crash That Killed Troy Gentry

Pilot error has been blamed for the helicopter crash that killed country singer Troy Gentry in September 2017.

According to a report by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, pilot James Evan Robinson cut the engine too soon while attempting an emergency landing, leading to an uncontrolled descent. The helicopter crashed into the woods near the runway of an airport in Medford, New Jersey.

Both Gentry and Robinson died in the crash.

Gentry, 50, was one-half of the duo Montgomery Gentry, whose hits included “Roll With Me” and “Back When I Knew It All.” They had just completed work on a new album, Here’s To You.

“It was a horrific day, my world changed as much as the band did,” Eddie Montgomery told People in November 2017. “It’s something that you never get over. It’s going to be in my mind and my soul for the rest of my life.”