Pilot’s sister knew trip carried risks

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The father and son were just leaving Samoa, due back in Greenwood this weekend, when airport workers saw the plane’s lights disappear into the ocean.

The pilot, 17-year-old Haris Suleman, and his father, Babar Suleman, crashed into the ocean on one of the final legs of an around-the-world trip. They had a welcome party complete with yellow banners waiting for them in Indiana. They were heading homeward, ready to celebrate their successful trip.

Hiba Suleman, Haris’ older sister, got a phone call Wednesday morning from her mother. She told Hiba not to panic but that the plane was gone and Haris was killed. Her father was missing.

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