Beacon recovered after teen pilot's ocean crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Officials in American Samoa say they have recovered a personal locator beacon registered to an Indiana teen and his father who crashed off the U.S. territory last month as they attempted to fly around the world.

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 Officials in American Samoa say they have recovered a personal locator beacon registered to an Indiana teen and his father who crashed off the U.S. territory last month as they attempted to fly around the world.

The 17-year-old Haris Suleman died in the crash and his father, Babar Suleman, still is missing.

American Samoa Department of Homeland Security Director Iuniasolua Savusa said Monday that the beacon registered to the Sulemans was retrieved from a family in a shoreline village.

Savusa says local authorities got a call late Sunday from the U.S. Force Rescue Center in Florida that the beacon was transmitting GPS coordinates.

Police searched the shoreline and Homeland Security issued a bulletin Sunday night for help from the community.

Savusa says a young boy found the device and took it home.


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