Services set for Plainfield teen killed in plane crash

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — Funeral services have been set for a Plainfield teen who was killed when a plane piloted by he and his father went down over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of American Samoa.

Seventeen-year-old Haris Suleman was trying to become the youngest person to fly around the world in 30 days. He and his father, Babar, were on their last leg of their trip when the plane crashed after taking off from Pago Pago.

Haris was entering his senior year at Plainfield High School.

“This is a huge blow, not only to our community, but to our school. Haris was a very well respected student in our building and very active,” said Mel Seifert, Principal of Plainfield High School.

After the crash, crews with the Coast Guard began searching for Babar Suleman. They searched more than 4,000 square nautical miles for a total of 70 hours, but suspended their search over the weekend. 

Services for Haris Suleman have been set for Thursday, July 31 at the Islamic Center of North America (ISNA), located at 6555 South Country Road 750 East in Plainfield. Memorial and arrival are from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by prayers of Zuhr and Janaza. Burial services are at 3 p.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery on Harding Street in Plainfield.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, people help keep Haris’ mission alive by donating to TCF’s local chapter, Seeds of Learning. For more information click here. 

It has also been requested that, out of respect for the family, children under the age of 10 not attend services, to ensure a calm and peaceful environment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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