This is awful. I can’t imagine how Troy Gentry was feeling in that moment. We now know what caused the helicopter crash that killed the country music star. TMZ reports it was a faulty engine. The preliminary accident reports states the pilot “was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs.” Meaning, the engine was not responding to the throttle inputs, and he lost control.
According to the NTSB, the pilot elected to stop the engine and perform an autorotation at 950 feet above the ground. The main rotor is supposed to turn — even without power — which essentially glides the chopper to the ground. The RPM “decayed” to the point where the pilot could see the individual rotor blades. Then it fell to the ground. A high-pitched whine was heard as it crashed.
Wow. I’m still processing this. It’s especially hard knowing he went on the ride purely for pleasure. He’ll be missed.
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