Dr. Sitha-Gita Kalapatapu, (left) and Dr. Umamahesware Kalapatapu
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -
A service set to take place Sunday evening will honor the lives and contributions of two psychiatrists killed in a plane crash last weekend.
Dr. Umamahesware Kalapatapu, 63, and Dr. Sitha-Gita Kalapatapu, 61 were the only ones on the Piper Archer PA-28 when it crashed July 8 southeast of Columbus, Ohio. The couple's home town is reported as Logansport, Indiana, but they practiced across much of the state and had a strong presence in northeast Indiana.
Dr. Umamahesware Kalapatapu served patients at the Fort Wayne-based, nonprofit Bowen Center. Dr. Sitha-Gita Kalapatapu was associated with St. Joseph Hospital, among other medical centers.
Friends, coworkers and others are expected to attend the memorial, which will be held at 6 p.m. at 315 Airport Road in the Airport North Park in Fort Wayne.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the crash that took the lives of the couple. Authorities said the last contact with the plane headed to an airport near Parkersburg, West Virginia, from Cass County, Indiana, was around 10:30 a.m. on the day of the crash. It was reported missing about noon.
Searchers found the wreckage that afternoon near the town of Waterford, Ohio.