He­li­copter crash kills coun­try singer Troy Gen­try, pilot

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - As­so­ci­ated Press First re­spon­ders are po­si­tioned near the wreck­age of a he­li­copter in Lum­ber­ton, N.J. Troy Gen­try died in the crash. By Ge­off Mul­vi­hill

LUM­BER­TON, N.J. — A he­li­copter car­ry­ing singer Troy Gen­try, of the award-win­ning coun­try mu­sic duo Mont­gomery Gen­try, crashed on Fri­day, killing Gen­try and the pilot.

The crash oc­curred in a wooded area as the he­li­copter ap­proached the Fly­ing W Air­port in Med­ford hours be­fore Mont­gomery Gen­try was due to per­form at a r es­ort housed at the air­port, au­thor­i­ties said.

The band’s web­site called Gen­try’s death “tragic” and said de­tails of the crash were un­known.

“Troy Gen­try’s fam­ily wishes to ac­knowl­edge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for pri­vacy at this time,” the web­site said.

Gen­try, who was 50 years old, was from Ken­tucky.

Po­lice got a call at about 1 p.m. of a he­li­copter that was in dis­tress, said Joel Bew­ley, a spokesman for the Burling­ton County pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice. The he­li­copter crashed as emer­gency crews ar­rived at the scene.

Crews re­moved Gen­try, who was a pas­sen­ger, from the wreck­age, but he was pro­nounced dead at a hos­pi­tal, Med­ford po­lice Chief Richard Meder said.

The crews worked for hours to re­move the body of pilot James Evan Robin­son from the man­gled wreck­age. Robin­son had been liv­ing in Med­ford but was orig­i­nally from Meigs, Ge­or­gia. He was a he­li­copter pilot at the flight school at the Fly­ing W Air­port, po­lice said.

Mem­bers of the coun­try duo’s band in­clud­ing the other half of the duo, Ed­die Mont­gomery, were at the air­port when the he­li­copter crashed, Meder said. They were taken to the hos­pi­tal to see Gen­try, he said.

The he­li­copter had taken off from the Fly­ing W Air­port but went into dis­tress and was ap­proach­ing the air­port to land when it crashed, Meder said. The pur­pose of the he­li­copter trip wasn’t known.

The Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board was headed to t he crash scene.

Gen­try was born in Lexington, Ken­tucky, where he met Mont­gomery and they formed an act based off their sur­names.

Mont­gomery Gen­try had suc­cess on the coun­try charts and coun­try ra­dio in the 2000s, scor­ing No. 1 hits with “Roll With Me,” ‘’ Back When I Knew It All,” ‘’Lucky Man,” ‘’Some­thing to Be Proud Of” and “If You Ever Stop Lov­ing Me.” Some of the songs even cracked the Top 40 on the pop charts.

NBC10 Philadel­phia via AP

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