Two National Guardsmen killed in Arkansas plane crash

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CAMDEN, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say a plane that crashed in southwestern Arkansas claimed the lives of two Arkansas National Guardsmen.

The victims have been identified as:
CW2 Rufus Ferron Brown, 42, of Arkadelphia
CW2 Justin Levon Ashley, 31, of North Little Rock

Both men were UH-60 helicopter pilots with regiments in Little Rock.

Authorities say their plane crashed as they were trying to return to the Camden Municipal Airport immediately after takeoff. The crash happened around 6:45 pm on Sept. 25th.

Ouachita County Sheriff's Capt. Adam LaDuke told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the pilot apparently made a hard turn to return to Camden Municipal Airport immediately after the wheels left the ground on Sunday. The plane crashed and burned in a grassy area near the airport, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock.

Military officials say Brown and Ashley were off-duty at the time of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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