Coast Guard suspends search for 2nd crash victim
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard officials have suspended the search for a man whose plane was being piloted by his 17-year-old son when it crashed in the ocean off American Samoa during an around-the-world flight attempt.
Rear Admiral Cari Thomas says in a statement Sunday that the decision to suspend the search for 58-year-old Babar Suleman was “difficult.”
The body of Suleman’s son, Haris Suleman of Indiana, was recovered shortly after Tuesday’s crash.
A 2 p.m. Sunday memorial service is planned at the site where searchers believe the plane may have crashed.
Haris Suleman had hoped to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation around the world in a single-engine airplane with the youngest pilot in command. His journey also was a fundraiser to help build schools in his father’s native Pakistan.