OUACHITA COUNTY, Ark. - UPDATE (9/26/17): Officials have released the identity of two Arkansas National Guardsmen who died in an airplane crash at Camden Municipal Airport/Harrell Field in Camden, Arkansas.
Officials tell us CW2 Rufus Ferron Brown, 42, of Arkadelphia, died in the crash. Brown is survived by his wife, Laura Brown and three children.
CW2 Justin Levon Ashley, 31, of North Little Rock, also died in the crash. Ashley 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 9:00p.m. Sept. 25 of blunt force trauma suffered in the plane crashed.
The two service members were in an off duty status. They were not performing in a military capacity.
There is an ongoing investigation to look into the cause of the crash.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
Officials have released details in the Ouachita County fatal plane crash that happened over the weekend.
On Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 6:42 PM, the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department and other first responder agencies responded to a report of an airplane crash at the Camden Municipal Airport.
First responders were able to extinguish the fire to the aircraft where two bodies were discovered. The Ouachita County Corner was dispatched and pronounced both subjects deceased and transported the bodies to the Ouachita County Morgue to await transfer to the Arkansas State Crime Lab.
This morning the Federal Aviation Administration arrived on scene at the Camden Municipal Airport to begin their accident investigation.
At this time no more information is available for release, pending investigation.
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