MEDFORD, NJ – TMZ is reporting that the helicopter crash that took the life of country star Troy Gentry is being investigated – with questions about the pilot’s actions after the copter had mechanical problems.
TMZ is reporting the pilot was waiting for emergency crews before trying to land with the mechanical problems, but crashed before responders arrived.
But, Medford Police Chief Richard J. Meder says, “We were dispatched for a helicopter in distress that was coming into the airport. Shortly after EMS crews arrived the helicopter went down short of the runway.”
According to the air traffic control audio, the pilot was hovering – which can make a copter more vulnerable because it is still in the air.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter carrying Gentry crashed into a wooded area Friday afternoon near the Flying W Airport in Medford.
The airport also houses a resort and was scheduled to host a concert by the country duo on Friday night. The airport announced the cancellation of the gig Friday afternoon.
The pilot of the helicopter also died.