Troy Gentry’s widow sues helicopter company over fatal crash

The widow of Montgomery Gentry musician Troy Gentry (above left) has filed suit against the company behind the helicopter he was riding in during the September crash that took his life, Courthouse News Service reports.

In the suit, filed against Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Keystone Helicopter Corporation, Angela K. Gentry alleges that there were multiple defects in the craft, which the defendants “made it a point to hide and deny.”

“The dangers from the lack of crashworthiness and defects in the engine, transmission and sprag clutch, throttle cables, engine attachments and absence of crashworthy features were unknown to the average user and consumer of this helicopter but well known to these defendants who made it a point to hide and deny and problems that could and did cause serious personal injury and death,” the suit, filed earlier this week, reads.

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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry performs during the 2012 CMA Music Festival on June 7, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry visits the Morning Show with Storme Warren on SiriusXM's The Highway channel at SiriusXM Studios on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
Eddie Montgomery (L) and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry pose at the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas April 3, 2011. REUTERS/Sam Morris (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Eddie Montgomery (L) and Troy Gentry of the duo Montgomery Gentry, recipients of the 2010 Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award, pose at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada April 18, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Troy Montgomery of country music duo 'Montgomery Gentry' visits the SiriusXM Studio on March 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Eddie Montgomery (L) and Troy Gentry of 'Montgomery Gentry' arrive at the 40th Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 6, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
Montgomery Gentry band members Eddie Montgomery (L) and Troy Gentry perform "One in Every Crowd" at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas April 5, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)
Country band Montgomery Gentry, (L-R) Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry arrive at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas April 5, 2009. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)
Country music duo Montgomery Gentry, Eddie Montgomery (L) and Troy Gentry, arrives at the 45th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Harrison McClary (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Recording Artists Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry perform onstage at The Grand Ole Opry on June 10, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 02: Musician Troy Gentry of country music duo Montgomery Gentry performs during the 29th annual Downtown Hoedown at the Fremont Street Experience on December 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 10: Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry attends the 2015 Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom on April 10, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry Montgomery Gentry perform at House of Blues on December 12, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Troy Gentry of the country duo Montgomery Gentry performs during 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series at FOX Studios on May 25, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 19: Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry perform onstage at the 5th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium on September 19, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 03: Musicans Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of the duo Montgomery Gentry arrive at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards RAM Red Carpet held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM)
Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry performs at day 3 of 1st Annual Nevada WildFest at Henderson Pavillion on October 17, 2010 in Henderson, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
MANHATTAN, KS - JUNE 26: ***EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE*** Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry brews coffee on his bus backstage at the 2010 Country Stampede music festival at Tuttle Creek State Park on June 26, 2010 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 18: Singer Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry and his wife Angie Gentry arrive for the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 18, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 05: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Musicians Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery pose backstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACM2009/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 18: Country music artists Eddie Montgomery (2nd L) and Troy Gentry (3rd L) of the duo Montgomery Gentry and their wives Tracy (L) and Angie (R) arrive at the 43rd annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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“Because of defects in the engine, throttle cable attachment and collective control, the helicopter did not enter autorotation as expected, it did not disengage smartly from the transmission so the engine the rotors slowed to a speed lower than would permit a safe autorotation, thus allowing the helicopter to drop like a stone to the ground below, killing all aboard,” the suit continues.

Gentry died at age 50 on Sept. 8, 2017, in a fatal helicopter crash near a small New Jersey airport. His band had been scheduled to perform at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford that night.

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51st Country Music Association Awards ? Arrivals - Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., 08/11/2017 - Angie Gentry and daughter. REUTERS/Harrison McClary
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 08: Kaylee Gentry and Angie Gentry attend the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
THE 51ST ANNUAL CMA AWARDS - 'The 51st Annual CMA Awards,' hosted for the 10th year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) ANGIE GENTRY
THE 51ST ANNUAL CMA AWARDS - 'The 51st Annual CMA Awards,' hosted for the 10th year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) ANGIE GENTRY
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According to the suit, the helicopter pilot offered Gentry a sightseeing ride, but the throttle cable jammed as soon as the craft became airborne, and the helicopter’s engine went into high speed.

TheWrap has reached out to Sikorsky for comment regarding the lawsuit.

Alleging negligence and other counts, the suit seeks unspecified damages.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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