Teen Pilot Dies In Crash While Trying To Set Record For Charity

July 24, 2014: Haris Suleman, 17, was aiming to become the youngest pilot ever.

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Seventeen-year-old Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman were flying around the world to raise money for charity when their plane went down off the U.S. coast, near American Samoa.

According to Haris’ Twitter account, the two were on their way from Pago Pago to Hawaii:

Haris' body has been recovered, according to My Fox8.com. However, there are no details available on the father yet.

The two left Indiana on June 19 to complete a 30-day world tour which could have potentially been a world record.

They were hoping to raise money for a nonprofit organization The Citizens Foundation, which has build more than 1,000 schools for the poor in Pakistan.

Haris’ 26-year-old sister, Hiba Suleman spoke to The Associated Press following the tragic incident. She said her father and brother had undergone training before planning the entire trip.

They learned how to handle an ocean landing and wore protective immersion suits when flying over water, she explained during a press conference in Plainfield, the central Indiana town where the family lives.

The duo was documenting the trip on a personalized website and on social media accounts. Haris also wrote a blog for the Huffington Post, published on July 15.

"Why does any explorer undertake the necessary risks in order to accomplish their dream?" he wrote. "Because that person has a drive, they have a focus and they have a need to explore that dream."

As of now, the crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board:

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