Columbus airport fuel deemed safe for use

Aviation fuel sales have resumed at the Columbus Municipal Airport after testing showed no discrepancies after a fatal aircraft accident Dec. 16 in Oldenberg.

Following Federal Aviation Administration protocol, airport staff shut down the fuel system until the fuel could be independently tested, airport director Brian Payne said.

The airplane that crashed in Franklin County and killed three people stopped for fuel twice at Columbus Municipal Airport — at 12:02 p.m. and 8:32 p.m., about a half-hour before the crash was reported, Payne said.

The single-engine Cessna that left Kansas City, Missouri, was headed to an airport in Frederick, Maryland, when the crash occurred in a wooded area in Oldenburg in southeastern Indiana, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police spokesman.

The three who died in the crash were identified as Dr. Louis Cantilena, 63, of Potomac, Maryland, the pilot; Dr. Paul Schuda, 65, of Arlington, Virginia; and Dr. Amy Cantilena, 31, also of Potomac, daughter of the pilot, Wheeles said.