Friends remember teen pilot seeking world record

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Classmates of a central Indiana teenager who died when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight are remembering him as a witty and inspirational person.

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)

PLAINFIELD, Ind. Classmates of a central Indiana teenager who died when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight are remembering him as a witty and inspirational person.

Dozens of 17-year-old Haris Suleman's classmates attended Thursday's funeral services for Suleman at the Islamic Center of North America in Plainfield, Indiana.

Eighteen-year-old Kaleb Preston played soccer with Suleman at Plainfield High School and recalled him as a "hilarious, one-of-a-kind" person whose quest to fly around-the-world inspired his classmates to pursue their dreams.

Suleman had hoped to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe in a single-engine airplane with the youngest pilot in command.

He died July 22 when his plane crashed after leaving American Samoa. His father and co-pilot, 58-year-old Babar Suleman, remains missing.


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