Indiana Teen Pilot Trying To Set Record, Is Killed in Crash

By: From CBS News
By: From CBS News

INDIANAPOLIS (CBS News) -- A family spokeswoman says an Indiana teenager was killed when his plane crashed while trying to set a record for an around-the-world flight.

Annie Hayat said Wednesday that the plane flown by 17-year-old Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa. Suleman and his father, Babar Suleman, were on board.

Hayat says the body of Haris Suleman has been recovered. Crews were still looking for his father.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor in Los Angeles said the Hawker Beechcraft plane crashed into the ocean Tuesday night under unknown circumstances.

The two left Indiana June 19 in hopes of breaking a world record and raising money for a nonprofit that builds schools in Pakistan. They planned to return home Sunday.

The Sulemans were trying to finish the trip in 30 days to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation around the world in a single-engine airplane with the youngest pilot, The Indianapolis Star reported.


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