Indiana Teen Dies In Plane Crash While Attempting To Cross The Globe

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Indiana Teen Dies In Plane Crash While Attempting To Cross The Globe

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 6:44 PM EDT

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (21Alive) -- 17-year-old Haris Suleman of Plainfield, has crashed while attempting to fly around the world in 30 days.

Hiba Suleman, Haris' sister, posted on Facebook that the plane went down while he was taking off from American Samoa. Haris' and Hiba's father, Babar Suleman, was also traveling with Haris.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their support of my father and brother throughout this trip," she said. "As well as for the support given to my mom, brother and myself."

Local news agency Samoa News, reports that investigators recovered one body, believed to be Haris, around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. Babar Suleman has not been found.

National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Wednesday the investigation of a crash of a Beech A36 Bonanza that in Pago Pago, American Samoa. The Sulemans were flying a six-seat Beechcraft, according to their Around The World blog.

Which is the the type of plane the Suleman's were operating.

Haris embarked on the 30-day journey earlier this summer, which would have made him the youngest person to travel the world in 30 days via a single-engine plane. However, he said the real reason he wanted to do it was to raise money for a non-profit NGO, The Citizens Foundation, that supports the silent education revolution in Pakistan.

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