NJ Airport: "Day turned to tragedy" when helicopter crashed, killing Troy Gentry, pilot

(Photo: U.S. Air Force)

A New Jersey airport issued a statement following a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Troy Gentry and the pilot.

Troy Gentry, of the country duo Montgomery Gentry and pilot James Evan Robinson, 30, of Meigs, Georgi a died after the helicopter crashed in a wooded area while approaching the Flying W Airport in Medford on Friday afternoon, hours before Montgomery Gentry was due to perform at a resort housed at the airport.

Flying W Airport & Resort issued the following statement after the crash:

"Yesterday 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.

Sadly this was not to be. Instead the day turned to tragedy as a helicopter accident took the lives of the pilot and Mr. Gentry. No words can describe the sadness that the Flying W employees feel for their families.

For event ticket holders, we will be processing refunds throughout the next week to your credit cards.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time."

Gentry was born April 5, 1967, in Lexington, Kentucky, where he met bandmate Eddie Montgomery and formed a group based off their last names.

The duo had success on the country charts, scoring five No. 1 hits. The band was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.

On Saturday, Walker Montgomery, Eddie Montgomery's nephew, performed at the University of Kentucky in honor of Gentry.

The incident remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Medford Township Police Department.

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