NTSB Releases Final Report on NJ Helicopter Crash that Killed Country Singer
MEDFORD, NJ. – According to an online news report from burlingtoncountytimes.com, the National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report regarding a 2017 New Jersey helicopter crash that killed a country singer.*
The crash occurred on September 8, 2017. Pilot James Evan Robinson was taking Troy Gentry on a leisure helicopter ride before the country singer was scheduled to perform at a concert at the Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey.
Shortly into the flight, the Schweizer 269 C-1 experienced an engine issue. Robinson reported over the radio that he was not able to control the speed of the helicopter rotors with the engine’s throttle. Robinson attempted an emergency maneuver called an “auto-rotation landing” that involves gliding the aircraft to a stop with the engine shut off. The helicopter crashed about 220 feet shy of the airport runway.
Robinson died at the scene. Gentry was cut from the plane and transported to Virtua Marlton in Evesham, New Jersey, where he was pronounced dead. Robinson was a flight instructor for Helicopter Flight Services in Medford, the company that owned the helicopter. Gentry was part of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry.
In November, the NTSB concluded its investigation of the crash and released its final report. The report indicated the engine problem was likely the result of a maintenance mistake in which the throttle control tie-rod assembly was improperly rigged. The report also said Robinson erred in carrying out the auto-rotation maneuver by performing the maneuver too early and too far away from the airport and by improperly maintaining the speed of the rotors.
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