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Family hopeful Indiana man whose plane crashed will be found alive

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Babar Suleman and his son in front of their plane. Image Courtesy: AP Babar Suleman and his son in front of their plane. Image Courtesy: AP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB/AP) -- The body of an Indiana man who was flying around the world with his son still hasn't been located. But the plane they were riding in when it crashed has.

Family and friends are still holding out hope Babar Suleman will be found alive. 

"Time is of the essence," family friend Azher Khan said at a news conference outside the suburban Indianapolis home of Haris and Babar Suleman. "Babar is a fighter and I know that he's over there clinging to hope, hoping that someone will come for rescue."

Khan said Haris Suleman's brother was scheduled to arrive Friday in American Samoa. He said 29-year-old Cyrus Suleman will visit a hospital in the capital city of Pago Pago where his brother's body was taken following Tuesday's crash.

Khan said the family was not giving up hope that Babar Suleman would be found alive.

"We believe in miracles. We believe in prayers. We believe in hope," Khan told The Indianapolis Star.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday it had found wreckage from the plane, which crashed Tuesday night shortly after taking off from Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Several agencies are helping in the search. Witnesses say they did not see signs of distress before the plane crashed. 

Bert Thompson of Matuu, American Samoa, told The Associated Press on Thursday he saw no fire, explosions or emergency lighting on the plane carrying 17-year-old Haris Suleman and his father, 58-year-old Babar Suleman.

"It just went down - dived into the ocean," said Thompson, who saw the plane while sitting at a bus stop in his shoreline village.

Harris was trying to set a world record for the fastest trip around the world in a single-engine plane with the youngest pilot. The Sulemans left Indiana on June 19 and were expected to arrive back in the U.S. on Saturday.

He was also trying to raise money to build schools in Pakistan.

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