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.

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