Update: Guardsmen Who Died in Camden Plane Crash Identified

CAMDEN, Ark. - The Arkansas National Guard (ANG) has released the names of two guardsmen killed in the Sunday evening crash of a small plane at Camden.

They are identified as CW2 Rufus Ferron Brown, 42, of Arkadelphia and CW2 Justin Levon Ashley, 31, of North Little Rock.

"We all work so closely together and know each other's family on the outside as well so it was catastrophic. It was a terrible loss of two fine aviators, friends, husbands, fathers," said Nick Price, Arkansas National Guard.

The ANG says Brown was an UH-60 helicopter maintenance test pilot with the Bravo Company 2-285th Aviation Helicopter Assault Regiment based at Camp Robinson. Ashley was an UH-60 helicopter pilot with the same unit.

Both service members were pronounced dead at the scene by the Ouachita County Coroner. The ANG says they were both off duty and not performing in a military capacity.

There is an ongoing investigation to look into the cause of the crash.


CAMDEN, Ark. - The Arkansas National Guard confirms that the two victims killed in a Sunday evening plane crash were members of the Guard based at Camp Robinson.

A guard official says the victims were not on official Guard business.

Their names have not yet been released.

Original story:

CAMDEN, Ark. - A Sunday evening plane crash has left two dead in south Arkansas.

The Ouachita County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) says it happened at Camden Municipal Airport/Harrell Field shortly before 6:45 p.m. near the north end of the runway. 

First responders were able to extinguish the fire to the aircraft where two bodies were discovered, the OCSO said. 

"Sadly there was a fatal plane crash earlier this evening at the Camden Airport. While the plane was not local, the pilot was well known to the pilots who fly out of here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved," the airport posted on its Facebook page.

The names of the victims and the type of aircraft have not yet been released. 

"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," the OCSO said via Facebook on Monday afternoon.

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