Two Indian American doctors, whose small plane in which they were travelling had gone missing, have reportedly found dead. The Ohio State Highway Patrol Aviation with the assistance of the Civil Air Patrol finally located the small plane that had crashed near the village of Beverly in southeastern Ohio.
The Indian-American doctor couple Umamaheswara Rao Kalapatapu, 63 and his wife Sitha-Gita ,61, psychiatrist couple reportedly died when their private plane crashed, killing them on the spot.
Umamaheswara Kalapatapu, 63, and his wife Sitha-Gita Kalapatapu, 61, both of Logansport, were killed in the crash. Reports suggest that Umamahesswara was himself piloting the Piper Archer PA-28. The small plane is said to have crashed sometime between 10:36am and 12:30pm on Saturday, July 8, the release said.
One of their acquaintances, Prasanna Kalapatapu, while writing on the Umamaheshwara’s Facebook page praised him in exceptional words. “Gentle, disciplined, hardworking, multi talented – Great role models to our generation. Its shocking to know the sad and untimely demise of Babai and Pinni. We pray God for providing strength and courage to my young cousins going to come out of the trauma and celebrate the life of loving and inspiring parents. May Almighty liberate the soul and confer eternal bliss!”, said Prasanna.
Till now the cause of the crash hasn’t been disclosed. The Bowen Center replied to a NewsChannel 15 tweet to offer condolences to the Kalapatapu family- “It is with great sadness we have been informed about the loss of Dr Kalapatapu and his wife. We offer our condolences to friends & family”.
Reports suggest that the Kalapatapus were psychiatrists and owned Raj Clinics, with offices in Logansport, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Kokomo. Heather Geisler, Logansport, said she’s done data entry, scanning and “a little bit of everything” for the Logansport clinic for the past eight years. “They were generous to a fault, extremely hardworking and dedicated to their patients,” Geisler said of the Kalapatapus.
Besides being great psychiatrists, Umamaheswara Kalapatapu was a talented photographer while Sitha-Gita Kalapatapu was a gifted musician and “fantastic cook,” Geisler said. Umamaheswara Kalapatapu received multiple state, national and international awards and recognitions for his photography and had been a certified professional photographer by the Professional Photographers of America since 2005, according to Pharos-Tribune archives.
While talking about the couple Geisler said, “They were just two people that were so full of life. It’s hard to imagine that they’re not there anymore. They were wonderful people, absolutely wonderful. Two of the kindest people I’ve ever known and I’m going to miss them”.