UPDATE: Final report released in fatal 2017 Waterford, Ohio plane crash

WATERFORD, Ohio (WTAP) - Update 3/29/2019 7:00 PM

The final report from the National Transportation Safety Board is released after a couple was killed in a plane crash the summer of 2017.

The NTSB released the final analysis on March 18, 2019.

The Indiana couple was killed July 8th, 2017 in Waterford, Ohio.

The NTSB found the final 2.5 minutes of the radar data revealed erratic turns left and right, which were consistent with the pilot becoming spatially disorientated while descending in poor flying conditions.

A postaccident examination of the airplane and engine did not reveal any mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

The report also states, it is unlikely the pilot's heart disease contributed to the accident.

There is no evidence of a medical condition or substance that contributed to this accident.

Update 7/20/2017, 3:30 PM

The NTSB has released preliminary reports after a couple was killed July 8th, in a plane crash, in Waterford, Ohio.

Records show the airplane was in cruise flight about 7,000 feet above sea level until its initial descent began at 9:33 a.m.

The airplane continued a steady descent and proceeded toward Parkersburg until the final 2.5 minutes of the radar data revealed several sharp turns left and right

A witness, who was 0.78 miles from the accident site, reported that low overcast clouds and fog were present as the accident airplane flew overhead.

The airplane exited the clouds in a steep angle of descent with the engine producing a sound similar to high power.

The airplane disappeared behind a tree line and then he heard a mild thud sound and the engine noise stopped.

A post accident examination of the wreckage revealed the airplane in separated into three main sections.

Several small pieces of debris were also recovered from the reservoir.

The wreckage has been retained for further examination.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors.

Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

Update: 7/10/2017, 12:09 P.M.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the names of the two people who were killed in a plane crash Saturday morning near Waterford, Ohio.

Police say the pilot, Umamahesware Kalapatapu, 63, of Logansport, Indiana, and the plane's only passenger, Sitha-Gita Kalapatapu, 61, of Logansport, Indiana, were killed when their Piper Archer PA 28 plane crashed in a former AEP Ohio retention pond near Waterford.

Investigators say the plane was on a planned flight from Indiana to Parkersburg.

A flight service reported the plane as missing at 12:03 P.M. on Saturday, July 8, and said the last contact they had with the plane was reported at 10:36 A.M. that day.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office checked local airports to see if the missing plane had landed at the wrong airport, but it had not.

OSHP Aviation and Civil Air Patrol units later found the crash site at the pond.

Investigators believe the plane crashed sometime between 10:36 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. on Saturday, July 8.

Crews from Brock's Towing are on-scene removing the wreckage and debris from the pond, so it can be examined by investigators.

The crash is still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

UPDATE: 7/9/17 10:30 P.M.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirms two people died in the crash.

The last contact with the plane was reported at 10:36 a.m. on Saturday. The plane was reported missing at 12:03 p.m. It's believed to have crashed between 10:36 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The names of the deceased will be released pending next of kin notification.

UPDATE: 7/9/17 5:42 P.M.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident, which involved a PA 28 aircraft.

Divers spent Sunday recovering parts of the plane.

The number of people on board and their identities have not been released.


The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center has requested assistance from the West Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol for its search of an aircraft reported missing Saturday morning.

The aircraft was in route from Logansport, Indiana to Parkersburg.

Radar lost contact with the aircraft at 10:36 a.m.

A Civil Air Patrol aircrew has been searching in a pond near the AEP Waterford Facility since approximately noon.

The Marietta Fire Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Beverly Volunteer Department, Little Hocking Fire and Rescue Dive Team, and Washington County Sheriff's Office are on scene.

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