Memorial service scheduled to honor crash victims

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A memorial service at sea will be held for a 17-year-old pilot from Indiana and his father, whose plane crashed 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) - A memorial service at sea will be held for a 17-year-old pilot from Indiana and his father, whose plane crashed during an around-the-world flight attempt.

American Samoa's lieutenant governor is expected to lead the 2 p.m. Sunday service, which includes throwing a wreath at sea to remember Haris Suleman and his father, Babar.

The service will be held at the site where searchers believe the plane may have gone down.

Haris Suleman's body was recovered shortly after Tuesday's crash. Crews are still searching for his father.

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 was also a fundraiser to help build schools in his father's native Pakistan.


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