Helicopter crashes near South Jersey airport; Montgomery Gentry concert canceled
UPDATE: Troy Gentry of the country duo Montgomery Gentry died in the helicopter crash, the band confirmed. More details to come.
LUMBERTON — A helicopter crashed near South Jersey's Flying W Airport on Friday afternoon.
The FAA said the chopper crashed around 1:30 p.m. Both the NTSB and FAA will investigate and determine a cause.
Medford Police Chief Richard Meder said at a press conference that the helicopter crashed in a remote area that was difficult to reach. He said the chopper suffered significat damage but did not catch fire.
The pilot and a passenger on board the helicopter were hospitalized, according to State Police spokesman Sgt. Lawrence Peele. Video of the scene from CBS Philly shows a red tarp covering wreckage in a wooded area at the end of a runway.
An employee at the Medford airport said Friday night's Montgomery Gentry concert was cancneled but would not comment on the crash. Refunds will be offered at a later date, according to the employee.
The facility off Fostertown Road was built in the 1960s and includes a golf club, motel and beach club.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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