Coast Guard suspends search for missing dad in around the world flight

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
U.S. Coast Guard officials have suspended the search for a man whose plane was being piloted by his 17-year-old son when it crashed in the ocean off American Samoa during an around-the-world flight attempt.

In this July 2014 photo provided by The Citizens Foundation 17-year-old Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman, 58, walk away from their single-engine airplane at a stop Islamabad, Pakistan, on their around-the-world flight. The body of the Plainfield, Indiana, teen was recovered after the plane crashed Tuesday, July 22, 2014 shortly after taking off from Pago Pago in American Samoa. Crews were still searching for Babar Suleman. (AP Photo/Courtesy The Citizens Foundation)

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard officials have suspended the search for a man whose plane was being piloted by his 17-year-old son when it crashed in the ocean off American Samoa during an around-the-world flight attempt.

Rear Admiral Cari Thomas says in a statement Sunday that the decision to suspend the search for 58-year-old Babar Suleman was "difficult."

The body of Suleman's son, Haris Suleman of Indiana, was recovered shortly after Tuesday's crash.

A 2 p.m. Sunday memorial service is planned at the site where searchers believe the plane may have crashed.

Haris Suleman had hoped to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation around the world in a single-engine airplane with the youngest pilot in command. His journey also was a fundraiser to help build schools in his father's native Pakistan.


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