Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a plane crash near Pago Pago International Airport after a single-engine plane crashed into the water Tuesday night.
Coast Guard watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from the Regional Command Center in New Zealand that a Beechcraft Bonanza with two passengers aboard crashed into the water approximately one mile from shore at 9:55 p.m.
One passenger, 17-year-old Haris Suleman, was recovered unresponsive by the American Samoa Marine Patrol.
The family of the Indiana teenage pilot says he knew his attempt held risks but had trained well for the adventure. He was seeking a world record for the around-the-world flight.
An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched at 9:35 p.m. and is on-scene along with an American Samoa Marine Patrol boat searching for the missing passenger, 58-year-old Babar Suleman, who is the teen's father.
Hiba Suleman says the trip had been a dream of her father's for years. Her brother was also excited. He had recently obtained his pilot's license and instrument rating.
He planned to be the pilot in command except in an emergency.
She says both had undergone training in how to handle an ocean landing. The Sulemans were raising money to build schools in Pakistan.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor in Los Angeles said the Hawker Beechcraft plane crashed into the ocean Tuesday night under unknown circumstances.
"The Coast Guard would like to express our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the Sulemans," said Michael Cobb, command duty officer at JRCC. "We will continue to do our best to locate Mr. Babar Suleman."