Funeral held for teen pilot seeking world record

Two members of the Suleman family prepare to lay the wreaths during a memorial service honoring the U.S. teenager who died and his father who is missing after their plane crashed during an attempt to circumnavigate the world, Sunday, July 27, 2014, where nearly a hundred people gathered on a ferry off the coast of American Samoa. The body of 17-year-old Haris Suleman was found shortly after his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday after leaving Pago Pago. U.S. Coast Guard officials on Sunday said they were suspending the search for 58-year-old Babar Suleman. (AP Photo/Fili Sagapolutele)
Two members of the Suleman family prepare to lay the wreaths during a memorial service honoring the U.S. teenager who died and his father who is missing after their plane crashed during an attempt to circumnavigate the world, Sunday, July 27, 2014, where nearly a hundred people gathered on a ferry off the coast of American Samoa. The body of 17-year-old Haris Suleman was found shortly after his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday after leaving Pago Pago. U.S. Coast Guard officials on Sunday said they were suspending the search for 58-year-old Babar Suleman. (AP Photo/Fili Sagapolutele)

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) Classmates of a central Indiana teenager who died when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight are remembering him as a witty and inspirational person.

Dozens of 17-year-old Haris Suleman’s classmates attended Thursday’s funeral services for Suleman at the Islamic Center of North America in Plainfield, Indiana.

Eighteen-year-old Kaleb Preston played soccer with Suleman at Plainfield High School and recalled him as a “hilarious, one-of-a-kind” person whose quest to fly around-the-world inspired his classmates to pursue their dreams.

Suleman had hoped to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe in a single-engine airplane with the youngest pilot in command.

He died July 22 when his plane crashed after leaving American Samoa. His father and co-pilot, 58-year-old Babar Suleman, remains missing.

 

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