CAMDEN, Ark.-Two Arkansas National Guardsmen died in an airplane crash at Camden Municipal Airport/Harrell Field in Camden, Arkansas, at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 25.
Dead is CW2 Rufus Ferron Brown, 42, of Arkadelphia, who is survived by his wife, Laura Brown and three children. Also dead is CW2 Justin Levon Ashley, 31, of North Little Rock, who is survived by his wife, Crystal Ashley and two children.
Brown was an UH-60 helicopter maintenance test pilot with the Bravo Company 2-285th Aviation Helicopter Assault Regiment, Camp Robinson, North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Ashely was an UH-60 helicopter pilot with the Bravo Company 2-285th Aviation Helicopter Assault Regiment, Camp Robinson, and North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Both service members were pronounced dead on the scene by the Ouachita County Coroner at 9 p.m. Sept. 25 of blunt force trauma suffered in the plane crash.
The two service members were in an off-duty status. They were not performing in a military capacity.