Heartbreaking new details emerge on the moments leading up to Troy Gentry’s death Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP
Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP

Friday, September 8 was supposed to be a great day for country music fans and staff at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, New Jersey. Dynamic duo Montgomery Gentry was slated to perform a concert there that night but, as we now know, that concert would never take place.

In a statement posted on the Flying W website, the staff recalls welcoming the duo to the venue that morning.

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It reads, “The day started with such excitement as the Montgomery Gentry bus rolled through our gates. The nicest people got off the bus and joined us on the ramp for what we hoped would be the best concert we have ever had.”

That afternoon, Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry and a helicopter pilot went for a flight on a chopper, and the helicopter crashed. Both of their lives were lost, and those back at the venue were heartbroken to hear the news.

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The Flying W statement continues, “No words can describe the sadness that the Flying W employees feel for the families … Thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time.”

Troy will be remembered with a Celebration of Life service at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville Thursday, September 14. The service is open to the public, or you can stream it online at

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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