Plane of Pakistani Father-Son Duo Crashes into the Pacific
Karachi: The plane of the father-son duo attempting to fly around the world in 30 days, crashed into the Pacific near the American Samoa Islands, Express News reported.
Babar Suleman and Haris Suleman were flying from New Caledonia to Christmas Islands, Kiribati when their plane crashed shortly after taking off from Pago Pago International Airport in the American Samoa Islands.
Hiba Suleman confirmed on her Facebook account that the body of her brother had been recovered, while rescue teams are still searching for her father.
Since a large part of their trip was to take place over water, their plane had been stocked with relief equipment life rafts, and “gumby” suits for ocean survival in the event of an ocean landing.
Gumby suits are only worn by the pilots while flying over water for extended periods of time.
This, however, seems to not have provided them protection from the crash.
Seventeen year old Haris was the youngest Pilot in Command to attempt circumnavigating the world in a single engine plane.
The trip which started on June 19 in Indiana, US, was aimed at raising funds for The Citizens Foundation. The trip stretched over five continents, a journey across three oceans, and landings in 15 countries. Suleman touched down in Reykjavik, Crete, Aswan (Egypt), Nagpur (India), Bali, Nadi (Fiji), Pago Pago (American Samoa).