Skip to comments.Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record
Posted on 07/23/2014 9:27:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin
His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.
Just days before the father and son were to return home to Indiana, the trip turned tragic when their plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa on Tuesday night. The body of 17-year-old Haris Suleman was recovered, but crews were still searching Wednesday for the father, Babar Suleman.
The Sulemans left the state on June 19 in hopes of setting the record for the fastest circumnavigation around the world in a single-engine airplane with the youngest pilot in command to do so.
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There is a photo though
The Indianapolis Star Robert Scheer
I don’t know the fuel range of their plane but it would have been over 2,500 miles to Honolulu. Purely speculation, but they may have been departing at night to take advantage of a lower density altitude. The plane may have been loaded such that it could not fly beyond ground affect.
Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N20TC: Fatal accident occurred on July 23, 2014 near Pago Pago International Airport (PPG/NSTU), American Samoa
since nobody else is going to do it....
“Can simply being near the ocean wash away stress?”
very sad to hear this brave young man has died.
That’s a cute gif.
great way to go out.
Muzzies on a plane.
They were supposed to arrive at Oshkosh next week.
I’m sure we will be having a memorial for them.
“but it would have been over 2,500 miles to Honolulu”
They were probably heading to Kiribati, which is halfway between Samoa and Hawaii.
Their motives seemed noble. They wanted to earn money to help open schools in Pakistan. I would feel better about it if they had been working on schools here in the states or at least Canada. Pakistan is in dire need of education for the masses, but they are caught in the tight grip of jihad fever. Their compulsion to promote radical Islam, and intolerance of other faiths takes precedence over all else. If they had earned a few thousand for this purpose, it probably would have been spent on Madrassa type schools for boys only, with some funds used to destroy any schools that dared to educate girls or educate both sexes together. Their gift would have been used for purposes of oppression, not for the freedoms available through enlightenment. I commend the father and his son for their sense of adventure. Unfortunately, the sport they chose is as dangerous as it is exciting. Some would say, that both those qualities always appear together; danger usually walks arm in arm with excitement.
Quite a few Pakistanis are Christian. One of my best friends growing up had what you would narrow mindedly assume was muzzie.
At least he tried.
Perhaps 2% of the population is Christian, but 2% of 186 million is still a lot of people.
Suleman is usually Muzzie.