Father and Son Pilots Crash Plane Off the Coast of American Samoa

Haris and Barbar Suleman's goal was to fly around the world in 30 days in a single-engine plane.
1:44 | 07/24/14

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Now to an around the world flight that went horribly wrong. A 17-year-old Indiana boy and his father crashing in the park pobedy -- pacific ocean. The boy killed. His father still missing. Gio Benitez has the story. Reporter: Tragedy in the open seas during an incredible worldwide journey. 17-year-old Haris suleman and his father babar crashing this single-engine plane into the south pacific ocean near American Samoa Tuesday night. Haris was piloting the plane and perished. Authorities have not yet located his father. The air traffic controller saw the lights of the plane go down. Reporter: The father and son team from plainfield, Indiana, were trying to fly around the world in 30 days blogging and posting photos from the trip along the way. All to raise a million dollars to build schools in Pakistan. I wouldn't be in the united States and I wouldn't be a pilot today without the education that my father received and I want Pakistani kids to have the same opportunity I had. Reporter: The pair's journey started in Greenwood, Indiana, June 19th. Traveling to Canada, Iceland, across Europe, Egypt, Malaysia and Australia before their final fatal stop in American Samoa. A dream my dad had. One my brother shared with him. It was something they were doing together and I couldn't wish for anything else. Reporter: If the sulemans had completed their journey, Haris would have set a record as the youngest pilot to fly around the world in 30 days. At 17, he had just gotten his private pilot's license in the U.S. Even so, the family says father and son were cautious and aware of setbacks along the way. Had known there was bad weather they never would have taken off. Reporter: For "Good morning America," gio Benitez, ABC news, New York.

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