Student who started around-the-world trek from Greenwood airport recalled as witty


In this June 19, 2014 file photo, Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, stand next to their plane at an airport in Greenwood, Ind., before taking off for an around-the-world flight. On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a single-engine plane with two aboard crashed in waters off American Samoa. Two recent plane crashes that killed teenage pilots start anew debate over how young is too young to fly. Some pilots say teens don't have the maturity to deal with unforeseen difficulties, while other say training matters more than age and a familiarity with video games allows many young people to learn faster than an older flight student. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer, File)


A central Indiana teenager who died when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight was laid to rest Thursday following a funeral service where he was remembered as a witty young man whose ambitious journey inspired others to pursue their dreams.

More than 800 mourners filled the Islamic Center of North America in the Indianapolis suburb of Plainfield for a funeral service and prayers for Haris Suleman, a 17-year-old who was due to enter his senior year at Plainfield High School next week.

He died July 22 when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed into the ocean about a mile off the coast of American Samoa shortly after takeoff on a planned flight to Honolulu. Haris Suleman’s body was recovered shortly after the crash, but his father and co-pilot, 58-year-old Babar Suleman, remains missing.

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