WASHINGTON: Haris Suleman, a 17-year-old Pakistani-American, who was flying around the world with his father to raise money for education for the poor in Pakistan, died when his plane crashed into ocean near American Samoa.
Father Babar Suleman and the son were flying a single-engine plane that took off from American Samoa. “Haris Suleman, 17, was on the adventure of his young life. He died nearing the end of that adventure”, the Indianapolis Star said, while reporting tragic end to the life of the talented boy on Wednesday.
The family are hoping that father Babar Suleman, who was co-pilot, still be found alive. Haris’ sister, 26-year-old Hiba Suleman, said, according to the Star, the plane crashed about 10:15 p.m. American Samoan time Tuesday, just 20 minutes after taking off from that island en route to Hawaii.
“They were together and doing what they loved,” she said.The family was notified of the crash by the U.S. Coast Guard early Wednesday and at that point, the Coast Guard had searched about six hours, found Haris but father was still missing.
The father and son’s stops included England, Egypt and Pakistan and they were determined to “break the record for the fastest circumnavigation around the world with the youngest pilot commanding a private, single engine airplane,” according to the newspaper. They had raised $ 500,000 to build schools in rural areas.
Source : APP