Harris Suleman’s plane beacon recovered

Officials in American Samoa recover personal locator beacon registered to teen, father who crashed off US territory

News Desk August 06, 2014


Officials in American Samoa have recovered a personal locator beacon registered to an Indiana teen and his father who crashed off the US territory last month as they attempted to fly around the world.

Haris Suleman, 17, died in the July 22 crash and his father, Babar Suleman, remains missing.

The beacon registered to the Sulemans was retrieved from a family in a shoreline village, American Samoa Department of Homeland Security Director Iuniasolua Savusa said on Monday.

Local authorities got a call late Sunday from the US Force Rescue Center in Florida that the beacon was transmitting GPS coordinates, Savusa said.

Police searched the shoreline and Homeland Security issued a bulletin on Sunday night for help from the community.

Savusa said a young boy found the device and took it home.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2014.