Teen Pilot Killed Attempting World Record, Father Still Missing

By Candice Naranjo

Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 3:28pm America/Los_Angeles

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The family of an Indiana teenage pilot killed in an ocean plane crash while seeking a world record says he knew his attempt held risks but had trained well for the adventure.

Seventeen-year-old Haris Suleman died when his plane crashed after taking off from Pago Pago in American Samoa Tuesday night. Crews are still searching for his father, Babar Suleman.

Hiba Suleman says the trip had been a dream of her father’s for years. Her brother was also excited. He had recently obtained his pilot’s license and instrument rating. He planned to be the pilot in command except in an emergency.

She says both had undergone training in how to handle an ocean landing.

The Sulemans were raising money to build schools in Pakistan.

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