Teen in round-the-world flight bid killed in crash, dad missing

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Pago Pago, AS, United States (4E) – An Indiana teen bidding to become the world’s youngest person to fly around the world in 30 days on a single-engine plane was killed in a crash in American Samoa Wednesday and his father, who was with him, remains missing.

The body of Haris Suleman, 17, of Plainfield was recovered by the Coast Guard around 1 a.m. Wednesday while the body of his father, Baber Suleman, is yet to be found, according to the family’s spokesperson, Azher Khan. The Coast Guard also located the wreckage.

The father and son had just taken off from Pago Pago International Airport aboard a Hawker Beechcraft BE36 when their plane crashed in the ocean.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the crash of a plane in the U.S. territory in the South Pacific Ocean and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident.

The younger Suleman started their journey on June 21 as the command pilot aiming at the same time to raise funds for a Pakistan charity organization that builds schools. The pair already made stops in England, Egypt and Pakistan as they try to break the world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world.

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