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Indiana teen pilot dies in crash while
trying set record, spokeswoman says

CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 7/23/2014 5:58:38 PM

INDIANAPOLIS- A family spokeswoman says an Indiana teenager was killed when his plane crashed while trying to set a record for an around-the-world flight. Annie Hayat said Wednesday that the plane flown by 17-year-old Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa. Suleman and his father, Babar Suleman, were on board. Hayat says the body of Haris Suleman has been recovered. Crews were still looking for his father. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor in Los Angeles said the Hawker Beechcraft plane crashed into the ocean Tuesday night under unknown circumstances.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 7/23/2014 6:44:37 PM     (No. 9937210)

A tragic end to a quest for 15 minutes of fame.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tipover, 7/23/2014 6:53:04 PM     (No. 9937219)

Night flight over water is a high risk proposition, basically IFR (Instrument Flight Rules). If something fails with the aircraft the risk goes up exponentially as it is over water and there is no good place to put the aircraft.

May father and son go with god.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: fobo, 7/23/2014 7:28:46 PM     (No. 9937245)

one does have to question the wisdom of flying with Babar.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: caljeepgirl, 7/23/2014 8:25:07 PM     (No. 9937291)

At least fly something else besides a SINGLE-engine plane! Poor MOM.....

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Reply 5 - Posted by: FunOne, 7/23/2014 8:34:49 PM     (No. 9937300)

Why would parents feel the need to push a 17 year old to attempt something of this sort?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/24/2014 4:55:39 AM     (No. 9937584)

Single-engine aircraft are not inherently any more dangerous than any other type.

Charles Lindbergh flew the Atlantic (in 1927, non-stop, New York to Paris, first to do so) in a single-engine plane. As he explained, one engine vs. two was half as many mechanical candidates for failure. But then, he was an adult -- an experienced pilot -- and collaborated on the design and construction of the Spirit of St. Louis.

On this one I´m with posters #1 and #2.




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