Troy Gentry’s Widow Files Suit Against Helicopter Manufacturer Over Death

Troy Gentry suddenly lost his life in a helicopter crash, so his widow filed a suit against the manufacturers for neglecting defects.

Written by Kelly Brickey
Troy Gentry’s Widow Files Suit Against Helicopter Manufacturer Over Death
Troy Gentry; Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images

It’s been a grieving five months for Angie Gentry, who lost her husband and Montgomery Gentry member, Troy Gentry, in a sudden helicopter accident back in September.

Ever since she learned the fate of her partner, Angie among others have remembered Troy for his musical abilities and passion for life. But according to the Courthouse News Service, Angie is looking to sue Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Keystone Helicopter Corporation for multiple defects in their vehicles.

The suit filed by Angie reads as follows: “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.”

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Later in the filing, the reasoning goes on to explain that, “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.”

A spokesperson for the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation released a statement that said, “We are fully cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board and cannot comment further due to the investigation.” No further information from the company was given out with their statement.

At this time, it’s not specified what damages Angie is seeking to gain out of this file.

Meanwhile, Troy Gentry lives on through the power of music as bandmate Eddie Montgomery released their most recent project, Here’s to You. The album went No. 1 on iTunes in its first week of sales, and continues to receive praise as being the duo’s best work. Fans can find the album on iTunes now.