NTSB: Engine failure caused crashed that killed Troy Gentry

Chris Stapleton pays tribute to Troy Gentry at Cincinnati show

Chris Stapleton pays tribute to Troy Gentry at Cincinnati show

Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryAs the country music world continues to mourn the death of Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry in a helicopter crash on September 8, the National Transportation Safety Board has released its aviation accident preliminary report explaining the reason for the crash. Gentry, 50, died at Virtua Hospital shortly after the crash.

A picture on James Evan Robinson's Facebook page posted in June shows a bachelor's degree in aviation science and management from Middle Georgia State University.

The autorotation was reportedly attempted at 950 feet above the runway, before the helicopter plummeted to the ground.

The helicopter initially touched down about 10 feet away from where the wreckage was found, and almost 220 feet away from the runway, the NTSB said.

Gentry and Robinson took the flight on the sunny afternoon as a "spur of the moment" ride. According to the Facebook page, he worked for Helicopter Flight Services, which trains people how to fly helicopters and offers site-seeing tours.

The memorial service for Gentry will be held September 14 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

Gentry a member of the Grand Ole Opry and one half of country duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed Friday in a crash in Medford, N.J. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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