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Grand Ole Opry Shares Troy Gentry's Final Opry Performance


The report states that several minutes after takeoff, the pilot reported that he was unable to control the RPM (revolutions per minute) of the engine. After discussing the situation with another flight instructor, he opted to stop the helicopter's engine and perform an emergency maneuver called an "auto-rotation landing", in which the helicopter glides to a stop. He chose a "power-off, autorotational descent", which the report said he had performed numerous times.

Troy Gentry, best known as part of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, will be remembered Thursday morning with a celebration of life at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The pilot attempted the autorotation when the helicopter was approximately 950 feet in the air. The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford.

Gentry died Friday afternoon in a helicopter crash in New Jersey.

Robinson, 30, who recently moved to Medford from Georgia to work at the helicopter flight school, was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said it crashed to the ground while traveling about 75 miles per hour.

Gentry strummed his guitar as he shared the song's vocals with bandmate Eddie Montgomery, getting the crowd involved for a rousing performance.

Gentry was born April 5, 1967 in Lexington, Kentucky and went on to attend both Lexington Community College and the University of Kentucky.

Check back for more details from the report.

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