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Wreckage of teen pilot's plane found

Indiana teen, father attempted around-the-world flight

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    In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo, Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, take off from an airport in Greenwood, Ind. for an around-the-world flight. On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a single-engine plane with two aboard crashed in waters off American Samoa, with a registration number matching the plane flown by the Indiana teen attempting to fly around the world in 30 days. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer)

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    Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, stand next to their plane at an airport in Greenwood, Ind. on June 19 before taking off for an around-the-world flight.

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Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, stand next to their plane at an airport in Greenwood, Ind. on June 19 before taking off for an around-the-world flight.

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. — The U.S. Coast Guard says crews have found wreckage from an airplane piloted by an Indiana teenager who was killed when he crashed during an around-the-world flight.

Coast Guard spokesman Gene Maestas in Honolulu says portions of the single-engine plane’s fuselage were recovered Wednesday night in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of American Samoa.

The body of 17-year-old pilot Haris Suleman was found shortly after Tuesday’s crash.

Maestes says crews are still searching for the body of 58-year-old Babar Suleman, who was traveling with his son.

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

The Sulemans left Indiana on June 19 and were expected to arrive back in the states Saturday.

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