Services held for Indiana teen pilot

Photo shows 17-year-old Haris Suleman as he sits on the wing of his single-engine airplane in Lahore, Pakistan. He and his father were on a 3-day flight around-the-world. (AP Photo/The Citizens Foundation)
Photo shows 17-year-old Haris Suleman as he sits on the wing of his single-engine airplane in Lahore, Pakistan. He and his father were on a 3-day flight around-the-world. (AP Photo/The Citizens Foundation)

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — Funeral services took place for a Plainfield teen who was killed when a plane piloted by he and his father that went down over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of American Samoa.

Seventeen-year-old Haris Suleman was trying to become the youngest person to fly around the world in 30 days. He and his father, Babar, were on their last leg of their trip when the plane crashed after taking off from Pago Pago.

Haris was entering his senior year at Plainfield High School.

“This is a huge blow, not only to our community, but to our school. Haris was a very well respected student in our building and very active,” said Mel Seifert, Principal of Plainfield High School.

After the crash, crews with the Coast Guard began searching for Babar Suleman. They searched more than 4,000 square nautical miles for a total of 70 hours, but suspended their search over the weekend. 

Services for Haris Suleman took place Thursday at the Islamic Center of North America in Plainfield. The memorial service was followed by prayers of Zuhr and Janaza. The burial services were held at Maple Hill Cemetery also in Plainfield.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, people help keep Haris’ mission alive by donating to TCF’s local chapter, Seeds of Learning. For more information, click here. 

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