LUMBERTON, N.J. — Country star Troy Gentry was killed Friday in a helicopter crash in New Jersey, hours before he was set to perform there as part of the duo Montgomery Gentry, the band said.
Gentry, 50, and another person were onboard the helicopter when it crashed at about 1 p.m. into a wooded area near the Flying W Airport in Medford, authorities said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash and said it involved a Schweitzer H269.
Medford Township Police Chief Richard tells NJ.com the passenger died on the way to a hospital and the pilot died at the scene.
The airport houses a resort and was scheduled to host a concert by Montgomery Gentry Friday night.
Gentry was born in Lexington, Kentucky, where he met bandmate Eddie Montgomery. The duo had success on the country charts, scoring five No. 1 hits. The band was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.
Gentry is survived by his wife and two children.