Indiana Teen Dies During Round-the-World Attempt

  • Jul 23, 2014 2:37pm GMT

Haris Suleman, a 17 year old from Indiana, died after his Beech A36 Bonanza crashed into the Pacific Ocean near American Samoa.

Haris and his father departed Pago Pago Tuesday night and crashed shortly thereafter. Crews recovered Haris's body but have been unable to locate his father, Babar.

The duo were attempting a round-the-world flight that departed from Indiana on June 19 to raise funds and awareness for the Citizens Fund, which builds schools in rural Pakistan. They were attempting to break the record for fastest circumnavigation of the globe with the youngest pilot in command of a single engine private plane.

They were scheduled to return to Indiana on Sunday.

The NTSB is investigating the cause of the accident.

"I feel like becoming a pilot has changed me a lot," Haris Suleman said. "It's really hard to get to a point where you can fly around the world."

Suleman emailed the Indianapolis Star during his trip and said that he has enjoyed each stop.

"There is so much beauty and culture in each country that I couldn't possibly witness all that I want to in the span of two days," he said. "That's the maximum time we've been able to spend at a stop."