Arkansas National Guardsmen killed in plane crash identified

CAMDEN, Ark. (KTHV) - Authorities say two members of the Arkansas National Guard died in a southwest Arkansas plane crash on Sunday.

On Tuesday, the men were identified as CW2 Rufus Ferron Brown, 42, of Arkadelphia, and CW2 Justin Levon Ashley, 31, of North Little Rock.

Airport commissioner Kyle Gatling said the fatal crash occurred Sunday at Camden Municipal Airport.

Brown was a UH-60 helicopter maintenance test pilot with the Bravo Company 2-285th Aviation Helicopter Assault Regiment at Camp Robinson.

Ashley was a UH-60 helicopter pilot with the Bravo Company 2-285th Aviation Helicopter Assault Regiment at Camp Robinson.

Both service members were pronounced dead on the scene by the Ouachita County Coroner from blunt force trauma that occurred during the crash.

The two service members were in off-duty status. They were not performing in a military capacity.

There is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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