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Posted: July 23, 2014

Teen crashes plane in Pacific attempting flight around the world


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            Teen crashes plane in Pacific attempting flight around the world
In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo, Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, 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, with a registration number matching the plane flown by the Indiana teen attempting to fly around the world in 30 days. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer)

            Teen crashes plane in Pacific attempting flight around the world
In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo, Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, take off from an airport in Greenwood, Ind. for an around-the-world flight. On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a single-engine plane with two aboard crashed in waters off American Samoa, with a registration number matching the plane flown by the Indiana teen attempting to fly around the world in 30 days. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer)

Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Several news outlets are reporting a 17-year-old boy and his father have crashed in the Pacific during the teen's attempt to pilot a single-engine plane around the world in 30 days.

The Indianapolis Star reports the airplane of Plainfield, Indiana, teen Haris Suleman and his father, Babar, had  taken off from Pago Pago in American Samoa when their plane crashed Wednesday, according to Annie Hyatt, a spokeswoman for the family.

Haris' body was recovered, but authorities were still searching for Babar.

>>Read the latest updates on the Suleman crash

According to a July 20 feature story in The Indianapolis Star, Haris had recently acquired his pilot's license and instrument rating, which authorized him to fly an aircraft over oceans.

The two left Indiana June 19 in hopes of breaking a world record and raising money for a nonprofit that builds schools in Pakistan. They planned to return home Sunday.

The Express Tribune reported that Hiba Suleman, Haris’ sister, confirmed on her Facebook account that the body of her brother had been recovered, while rescue teams are still searching for her father.

Here is a look at Haris Suleman's Twitter account of the trip:

Editor's ntoe: This is an early report about the crash. For the latest developments, please click this link to continue reading

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