The country world is still reeling from the unexpected loss of Troy Gentry, who was killed in a shocking helicopter crash on Friday afternoon in New Jersey.
Montgomery Gentry was scheduled to perform a concert at the Flying W. Airport and Resort in Medford on Friday and People reports that the helicopter ride was a “spur of the moment” trip before the show.
According to KCRA, there were mechanical issues with the helicopter, and the pilot—James Evan Robinson, radioed that he was having issues controlling the engine not long after takeoff.
He attempted to hover the aircraft while waiting for the fire department to arrive, but then attempted an emergency landing, according to the dispatch audio.
“Shortly after our arrival, the helicopter did go down,” Medford Township Police Chief Richard Meder.
Senior air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, Brian Rayner, told People that “the helicopter landed short of the runway in low brush, it was substantially damaged and the occupants were fatally injured.”
A full report about the crash is expected to be released next week. Troy Gentry was 50 years old and pilot James Even Robinson was 30.