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Doctor Couple From Andhra Die as Private Plane Crashes in Ohio

Dr Umamaheswara Rao Kalapatapu and Dr Sita Gita Rajyalakshmi, from Machilipatnam in AP, were owners of Raj Clinics.

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In a tragic incident, an Indian-American couple were killed after a small plane that they were flying crashed into a retention pond in Southeastern Ohio in USA. The incident occurred on the morning of 8 July, but their names were revealed by investigators on 11 July.

The deceased were identified as psychiatrists, Dr Umamaheswara Rao Kalapatapu and Dr Sita Gita Rajyalakshmi. The couple, who hailed from Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, were residents of Logansport, Indiana and owned Raj Clinics – with offices in Logansport, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Kokomo.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt Garic Warner said that the crash occurred about 3 miles northwest of Beverly. Searchers found the wreckage on Saturday afternoon.

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There was no word on what caused the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the matter.

"There is a retention pond, and it landed almost in the middle of it. Beverly Volunteer Fire Department and Little Hocking Fire Department were able to use scuba divers to retrieve the plane and the persons from the plane," a police officer told local media.

Their immediate family was informed of the accident.

(With inputs from PTI and The News Minute.)

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