Haris poised to become the youngest commanding pilot to fly around the world died in a crash Wednesday off the coast of American Samoa.
The plane carrying 17-year-old Haris Suleman, and his father, Babar, crashed just after takeoff in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, reports Fox 59. They actually took off at night and that was risky.
The father and son set out to spend 30 days flying to cities across the world. According to the Indy Star, the two left their home in Indiana on June 19. The progress of the Sulemans could be followed on Haris’ @worldrounder Twitter feed and on the blog Around the World 4 Education. The trip would take them to 21 different cities.
On the Suleman’s blog, Haris writes that he hoped to follow in his father’s footsteps and go into engineering at either Purdue or the University of Texas. When asked what he would be doing after the journey was completed, Suleman said he was going to take the SATs.
On Babar Suleman's facebook page, he wrote:
The famiy was eagerly waiting for their return before Eid, it is such a tragic loss, prayers for the bereaved family and may God bless their souls. Special prayers for Babar Suleman - who is missing!
Haris wrote about their trip in Huffington Post HERE. In a post he wrote:
"...Although I am a little bit nervous, I can't imagine a better way to spend my summer. If all goes well, I will be going back to school for my senior year with some tall tales to tell!"
Babar Suleman's blog: flyaroundtheworldin30days.com chronicles their journey in detail. Read it HERE.. Babar Suleman in his first post - Birth of an Idea writes:
"PROLOG: September 5, 1971…..Sargodha Train station…. early morning, Chenab Express train unloading a bunch of very young, aspiring fighter pilots, in the incubation phase…pre-cadets…piled off the train, dumped their luggage into a 3-ton military truck and clamored into waiting blue Air Force buses for the ride to Pakistan Air Force College Sargodha….. a ride of their life time……. to be assigned to their houses or squadrons…. a new beginning … to boldly go where they had not gone before…. a little apprehension, a little fear and a whole lot of excitement at what lay ahead…. yes I wanted to be a pilot ! A fighter pilot ! …but what did that mean…."