Teen Pilot Dies In Plane Crash On Round-The-World Charity Flight

Seventeen-year-old Haris Suleman is dead after his single engine plane went down around Pago Pago, American Samoa, on Tuesday night. His father, who was accompanying his son on the trip, is still missing.

1. Seventeen-year-old Haris Suleman and his father were on a 30-day, potentially record-breaking flight around the world to raise money for building schools in Pakistan when their plane went down in Pago Pago, American Samoa.


A family spokeswoman confirmed to the Associated Press that the teenage pilot’s body has been recovered. Crews are still looking for his father, the only other passenger on the plane.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the single-engine plane crashed into the ocean Tuesday night under unknown circumstances.

2. According to Haris’ Twitter account, the two were on their way from Pago Pago to Hawaii.

3. The father-son team took off in mid-June, and were in the middle of their month-long voyage around the world. The teenage pilot was trying to become the youngest person to fly around the world in a single-engine plane in 30 days.

4. The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the crash.

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