New info on New Jersey crash that killed pilot and Troy Gentry

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New info on NJ crash that killed pilot and Troy Gentry. Walter Perez reports during Action News at 4:30pm on September 11, 2017. (WPVI)

We are learning more details about the helicopter crash in Burlington County, New Jersey that killed country music star Troy Gentry and the pilot.

The crash happened on Friday in Medford. Gentry, part of the popular duo "Montgomery Gentry," was scheduled to perform there that night.

The 30-year-old pilot, Evan Robinson, was giving Gentry an aerial tour when something went wrong.

On Monday, audio from first responders was released.

"About to make an emergency landing. Apparently he's hovering right now waiting for the fire department to arrive," one responder is heard to say.

The helicopter fell from the sky and into a field just south of the airport.

"Confirm. Did it crash? That's affirmative," a first responder said.

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Troy Gentry killed in NJ helicopter crash. Jeff Chirico reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on September 8, 2017.


Robinson and Gentry were the only two people on board. Friends believe the crash must have been caused by a mechanical problem, because Robinson was a talented young pilot.

"He was an amazing young man. He was full of life," said Patti Dole, a friend of Robinson's.

Local authorities say incidents like these do happen, but they are unusual.

"There have been a handful of accidents in time that I've been here, over 22 years. Very often, thank goodness, not fatal. I believe we've had one or two here over the past few decades, but it's not a common occurrence," said Chief Richard Meder of Medford Twp. Police.

A public memorial for Troy Gentry has been scheduled for Thursday at the Grand Ol' Opry in Tennessee.

Back here in New Jersey, Robinson is being remembered as a true gentleman with a passion for flying.

"Every time you asked him how he was doing? 'I'm living the dream.' That's what he'd say," said Dole. "This tragedy shouldn't happen to someone so young and so talented and so caring. Very sad for all of us."

A preliminary report on the crash is expected in the new few days from the NTSB, but a full report won't be out until sometime late next year.

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