Crash that killed country star Troy Gentry caused by engine problems

MEDFORD — The helicopter that crashed, killing country music star Troy Gentry and its pilot, had a mechanical issue that caused the blades to slow significantly shortly after takeoff, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.  

The pilot opted to turn off the engine and attempt autorotation, a familiar maneuver, to land the helicopter, but the vehicle fell from the sky around 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 and crashed into a field off the runway, according to the report.

The crash took place at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, where Gentry was …read more

Source: Burlington

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