Board: Plane never gained altitude

The airplane that left Greenwood to fly around the world and then crashed off the coast of American Samoa last month never gained altitude at takeoff.

The crash killed Babar Suleman of Plainfield and his son, 17-year-old Haris Suleman, who were attempting to fly around the world in 30 days.

A witness told investigators that the wind was strong the night of July 22, and the plane was moving up and down and from side to side as it left the ground, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The ground crewman told investigators that the wind had been gusty and strong all day and evening.

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