Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 24 at 10:02 PM

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A man who saw a plane flown by a teen killed during an around-the-world flight says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean.

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 Babar Suleman.

Haris Suleman's body was found after Tuesday's crash. Coast Guard crews are searching for his father.

Thompson says he thought the plane would gain altitude, but it dived downward. He called police and patrol boats arrived about an hour later.

Thompson says he didn't see the plane hit the water, or see the Sulemans. He says it was too far offshore and too dark.

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