Additional details have emerged in the form of 911 audio regarding the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the life of Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry and the pilot on Sept. 8.
“The Blast” has obtained audio of the 911 call that dispatched emergency vehicles to the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford, New Jersey, where Troy and duo partner Eddie Montgomery were to perform that evening. Apparently, the helicopter pilot contacted officials to report mechanical issues, and that started a chain of response.
In the call you can hear the dispatcher explain to emergency services that the aircraft was hovering near the airfield waiting for the fire department to arrive before they attempted to land. Unfortunately, as we now know, they were not able to maintain their altitude and crashed just as the emergency vehicles arrived.
A positive identification has also been made on the pilot of the helicopter. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the vehicle was being operated by 30-year-old James Evan Robinson of Meigs, Georgia. He died on impact. Troy was reportedly extricated from the wreckage, but was pronounced dead at a hospital.
An investigation continues.
Our hearts, thoughts and deepest condolences go out to all of the families involved in this devastating crash.