Country Star Troy Gentry Dies in South Jersey Helicopter Crash

Photo of a last will and testamentTroy Gentry of the popular country music group Montgomery Gentry has died.

The band, known for songs like “Something to Be Proud Of” and “Roll With Me,” consisted of Gentry and Eddie Montgomery, younger brother of ‘90s superstar John Michael Montgomery. Over the past 17 years, the group became one of country music’s most successful acts, with millions in album sales, more than 25 charting songs and ending Brooks and Dunn’s eight-year reign as CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year.

Gentry was taking a helicopter tour of the area near a resort where he was set to play a concert on the night of September 8. While flying with pilot James Evan Robinson, something went wrong. Both Robinson and Gentry died. Mechanical error may be the cause of the crash.

Gentry is survived by his wife, Angie, and his daughters, Kaylee and Taylor.

Aviation Accidents in New Jersey

Pilot error is often the cause of aviation accidents. However, this is not the only reason that planes and helicopters crash. These vehicles consist of thousands of different components that can fail. The people employed to inspect these thousands of parts could make mistakes. Weather can have a devastating impact on flights. Problems with fueling could contribute to an accident. Perhaps the air traffic controllers providing information to pilots could relay incorrect information. Negligence by other employees could cause problems leading to an accident. And failure to maintain airplanes and helicopters can lead to wrongful deaths.

Because of the nature of flight, when accidents occur, it is very rare for the victims to survive. Those who do survive often face catastrophic injuries with lifelong complications. Depending on the cause of an aviation accident, the victims and their families may be able to seek damages for things like pain and suffering, lost wages, reduced capacity for work and more. If you have lost a loved one or one has suffered catastrophic injury or died in an aviation accident, speak to a personal injury attorney.

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