Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Helicopter crash that killed Troy Gentry caused by faulty engine

Helicopter crash that killed Troy Gentry caused by faulty engine

Pilot James Evan Robinson, who was an instructor at the airport's flight school, and Gentry were killed in the 1 p.m. crash last Friday afternoon.

In a preliminary report, the NTSB says several minutes after takeoff the pilot radioed that he could "roll" the grip, but that there was no increase in RPMs.

After talking with the helicopter owner's flight instructor and another certified helicopter flight instructor, Robinson chose to stop the helicopter's engine at 950 feet above the ground and perform an autorotation which investigators say he had performed numerous times before.

The pilot was then reportedly told to attempt an autorotation, which TMZ describes as when the main rotor is still supposed to turn, even without power, and glide the chopper to the ground. "No sound could be heard from the helicopter". Seconds before the helicopter crashed, the pilot was hovering in the air while waiting for the fire department to arrive. He had logged more than 480 hours of flight experience, and more than 300 hours in the specific make and model of helicopter that crashed.

Robinson, 30, who recently moved to Medford from Georgia to work at the helicopter flight school, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to FAA records, the helicopter was manufactured in 2000 and had accrued approximately 7,900 total aircraft hours. Gentry, the lone passenger, was cut from the wreckage and transported to Virtua Marlton in Evesham, where he was pronounced dead.

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