Today (Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021), marks the fourth anniversary of the death of country music star Troy Gentry in a helicopter crash. In memory of the late star, the Charlie Daniels Band shared a touching picture of its late lead singer with the Montgomery Gentry duo.
Here’s what the band had to say on Instagram on Wednesday: “ON THIS DAY … @montgomerygentry’s Troy Gentry passed away in a helicopter crash. We miss you, T-Roy. – TeamCDB …”
Also, the photo that accompanies this caption shows Charlie Daniels, who passed away in 2020, standing between Troy Gentry and his Montgomery Gentry bandmate, Eddie Mongtomery. Check it out below.
NTSB Report Said Pilot Error Was the Cause of the Fatal Helicopter Crash
According to The Tennessean, pilot error was the cause of the crash that claimed the life of Troy Gentry on Sept. 8, 2017. Gentry was 50 years old at the time of his death. He was married and was the father of two children.
Also, the fatal crash took place in Medford, New Jersey, close to the Flying W Airport & Resort runway. When the crash that killed Troy Montgomery took place, his bandamate, Eddie Montgomery was at the airport. He was awaiting the arrival of his singing partner.
A report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about the fatal wreck shared that the pilot had been “unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs.”
In addition to an error by the pilot, a maintenance issue also reportedly contributed to the crash that killed Troy Montgomery.
“The pilot’s early entry into and failure to maintain rotor rpm during a forced landing autorotation after performing an engine shutdown in flight, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent. Contributing to the accident was the failure of maintenance personnel to properly rig the throttle control tie-rod assembly,” the report also said.
Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery Created Their Popular Country Music Duo in 1999
Unsurprisingly, Eddie Montgomery also paid tribute to Troy Gentry on Sept 8. He did so with a photo and message shared on Twitter. “My brother forever. Miss you T-Roy!” Montgomery shared.
Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery came together as Montgomery Gentry in 1999. It didn’t take them long to have success on the country music scene. They topped the charts several times during the 2000s. Some of their hits included such songs as “Roll With Me,” “Lucky Man,” and “Something to Be Proud Of.”
They were also honored for their efforts. In 1999, they were awarded the ACM Top New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year prize. The following year they also won the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year. They even joined the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.