Funeral held for Indiana teen pilot seeking world record


PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) – Classmates of a central Indiana teenager teen who died when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight are remembering him as a witty and inspirational person.

Dozens of 17-year-old Haris Suleman’s classmates attended Thursday’s funeral services for Suleman at the Islamic Center of North America in Plainfield, Indiana.

18-year-old Kaleb Preston played soccer with Suleman at Plainfield High School and recalled him as a “hilarious, one-of-a-kind” person whose quest to fly around-the-world inspired his classmates to pursue their dreams.

Suleman had hoped to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe in a single-engine airplane with the youngest pilot in command.

He died June 22 when his plane crashed after leaving American Samoa. His father and co-pilot, 58-year-old Babar Suleman, remains missing. 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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