Engine problems caused the New Jersey helicopter crash that killed country singer Troy Gentry and a pilot, according to a preliminary report issued Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The pilot, James Evan Robinson, reported that the helicopter was experiencing mechanical issues shortly after takeoff on Friday.
After discussing several different landing possibilities, Robinson decided to turn off the engine and perform an autorotation, which he'd done numerous times in the past.
However, the helicopter went down shortly after in a wooded area near Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey.
The crash happened just hours before Gentry, who was half of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, was due to perform at a resort.
NTSB said Gentry decided to take the helicopter ride for fun before the show.
Gentry is survived by his wife, Angie, and daughters Taylor and Kaylee. A public memorial ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.