24 Jul 2015

American Samoa plane probe still going

3:51 pm on 24 July 2015

One year after a small plane crashed off Pago Pago in American Samoa, the United States National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating.

Cyrus Suleman, brother of 17-year-old pilot Haris Suleman about to toss a wreath at sea, in honor of his brother and still missing father, Babar Suleman.

Cyrus Suleman, brother of 17-year-old pilot Haris Suleman about to toss a wreath at sea, in honor of his brother and still missing father, Babar Suleman. Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller

The crash of the single engine plane claimed the lives of the pilot 17 year old Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman.

It crashed into the sea just minutes after take off from Pago Pago International Airport on July 22nd last year.

The Transportation Safety Board's public affairs office says the probe is ongoing and the body has no time frame of when it will be completed.

Haris Suleman was aiming to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world in a single-engine aircraft with the youngest pilot in command.

His journey was also a fundraiser to help build schools in his father's native Pakistan.

While Haris' body was recovered by local rescue workers after the crash, the remains of Babar have never been located.