Troy Gentry of country band Montgomery Gentry killed in helicopter crash

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LUMBERTON, N.J. (WTVF) -- Country music star Troy Gentry, half of the popular duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a New Jersey helicopter crash, according to a post to the group's Facebook page.

Gentry and one other person were reportedly killed in the crash, though the name of the other victim was not available.

The crash happened around 1:30 Friday afternoon near Lumberton, New Jersey. Philadelphia CBS affiliate KYW-TV said the crash happened at the Flying W Airport.

The Montgomery Gentry website said the duo was scheduled to perform Friday at the airport resort.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the Schweitzer 269 helicopter crashed in a wooded area off the end of a runway. Several emergency crews responded to the scene.

Gentry was a Kentucky native. He and Eddie Montgomery began performing together in the 1990s with Montgomery's brother, John Michael Montgomery.

In 2000, the band won the AMA Award for Favorite New Country Artist, the ACM Award for Top New Vocal Duo or Group and the CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year.