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Father-son team on around-the-world flight crash into ocean




A teen trying to set a record by flying around the world died after his plane crashed into the ocean, and rescue crews are now looking for his father.

They had trained for their 30-day mission in Greenwood, and departed the Greenwood airport in June after a festival conducted in their honor.

Family spokesperson Annie Hayat said that the plane being flown by Haris Suleman, 17, crashed shortly after taking off from Pago Pago in American Samoa. Haris Suleman's father, Babar Suleman, was also on board the plane.

Haris Suleman's body has been recovered. Rescue crews are still looking for Babar Suleman, Hayat said.

They are from Plainfield.

Federal Aviation Administration officials told the Associated Press that the plane crashed into the ocean Tuesday night under unknown circumstances.

Haris Suleman, who had been flying with his father since he was 8, had been training for the trip at the flight school at the Greenwood Municipal Airport. The pair left from the Greenwood Airport June 21 on a trip that was to take them to 14 countries across 25,500 miles and include 155 hours of flight time.

The longest leg of the journey was to come between Hawaii and California, and take between 14 and 15 hours.

Haris Suleman was hoping to earn his private pilot's license and instrument rating through his training, which would prepare him to fly through clouds and storms with the aircraft's instruments showing him where to go.

The pair was also trying to use the flight to raise $1 million for The Citizens Foundation, which has built 1,000 schools for boys and girls in Pakistan.

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