INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Family and friends of Babar Suleman made a public plea for help in the search and rescue efforts.
Babar and his 17-year-old son Haris were flying around the world when they crashed off the American Samoa coast Thursday morning. The pair was attempting to break a Guinness World Record. Suleman was trying to become the youngest pilot to make the trip in 30 days.
Haris’ body was found, but there have been no signs of Babar.
They are holding on to hope that Babar could still be alive and because of that, they want to make sure each and every effort is being made to find him.
“In my heart, I believe that he’s somewhere there wanting to be rescued,” said Azher Khan.
Azher Khan and Hiba Suleman beg for a bigger effort to find Babar.
Khan also said “there are local fisherman and people on the beaches helping with the rescue.”
They say the Coast Guard in Hawaii has also sent dive teams, and a plane to do aerial searches.
But efforts were not successful said Suleman.
“They don’t have the equipment to send them to the depth that the wreckage is located, so we’d like to appeal to anyone who has resources.”
Suleman and Khan say they’ve made contact with Homeland Security, the Coast Guard, and other agencies, but as each hour passes, they grow more desperate for help.
Azher hopes “for all the resources that can be mobilized, because time is of the essence and we want to find Babar and we want to bring him back to Indiana.”
They believe if anyone could survive the crash, it would be Babar. Trained by the Pakistan Army and experienced in emergency situations. In 2008, he successfully landed a plane on I-70 in Hancock County after engine trouble.
Habi said “we’re going to keep believing he’s alive.”
Babar Suleman’s other son is currently traveling to the American Samoa island to retrieve Haris’ body.
According to the blog Haris was posting to during the trip, the father-son pair had several close-calls during their trip, including issues over Canada and Europe.
Haris Suleman would have been a senior at Plainfield High School this fall.