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Helicopter crash kills country singer Troy Gentry and pilot

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Bad week for country music...


Helicopter crash kills country singer Troy Gentry and pilot
  • By GEOFF MULVIHILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LUMBERTON, N.J. — Sep 8, 2017, 7:09 PM ET

A helicopter carrying singer Troy Gentry, of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry, crashed on Friday, killing Gentry and the pilot.

The crash occurred in a wooded area as the helicopter approached the Flying W Airport in Medford hours before Montgomery Gentry was due to perform at a resort housed at the airport, authorities said.

The band's website called Gentry's death "tragic" and said details of the crash were unknown.

"Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time," the website said.

Gentry, who was 50 years old, was from Kentucky.

Police got a call at about 1 p.m. of a helicopter that was in distress, said Joel Bewley, a spokesman for the Burlington County prosecutor's office. The helicopter crashed as emergency crews arrived at the scene.

Crews removed Gentry, who was a passenger, from the wreckage, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital, Medford police Chief Richard Meder said.

The crews worked for hours to remove the body of pilot James Evan Robinson from the mangled wreckage. Robinson had been living in Medford but was originally from Meigs, Georgia.

Members of the country duo's band including the other half of the duo, Eddie Montgomery, were at the airport when the helicopter crashed, Meder said. They were taken to the hospital to see Gentry, he said.

The helicopter had taken off from the Flying W Airport but went into distress and was approaching the airport to land when it crashed, Meder said. The purpose of the helicopter trip wasn't known.

The National Transportation Safety Board was headed to the crash scene.

Gentry was born in Lexington, Kentucky, where he met Montgomery and they formed an act based off their surnames.

Montgomery Gentry had success on the country charts and country radio in the 2000s, scoring No. 1 hits with "Roll With Me," ''Back When I Knew It All," ''Lucky Man," ''Something to Be Proud Of" and "If You Ever Stop Loving Me." Some of the songs even cracked the Top 40 on the pop charts.

The band mixed country music with Southern rock. It was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009. It released its debut album, "Tattoos & Scars," in 1999.


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Associated Press writer Kristen de Groot contributed to this story from Philadelphia.
 

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Sad day for country music fans indeed.

RIP, Troy Gentry.
 

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"...It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey. The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Troy Gentry was 50 years old.

Details of the crash are unknown.

Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time".
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RIP Troy
 

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Outside of "This is My Town" this may be their best video:
 

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'A sad day for country music': Tributes pour in for Troy Gentry as audio tape reveals his chopper frantically hovered for several minutes before crashing
  • Audio from the emergency call regarding the plane Troy Gentry was killed in reveals the helicopter was hovering for several minutes before it crashed
  • 'Apparently he's hovering right now waiting for the fire department to arrive. Mechanical issues ... hovering currently' the dispatcher said in the audio
  • Troy Gentry, 50, half of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry was killed in helicopter crash when it was approaching the Flying W Airport
  • The crash happened around 1pm in NJ, when the pilot died at the scene
  • The tragedy was announced on the duo's Twitter account as they cancelled their Friday night concert at the Flying W Airport & Resort
  • Tributes poured in on social media from fellow country stars, friends and fans


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4867478/Audio-reveals-Troy-Gentry-s-chopper-hovered-crash.html#ixzz4sCDq3Z2T
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Audio from the emergency call regarding the plane Troy Gentry was killed in reveals the helicopter was hovering for several minutes before it crashed
DAM_ Brits do not know the differences between planes and helicopters. :bang head:
 

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merged same threads