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

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In this July 2014 photo provided by The Citizens Foundation 17-year-old Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman, 58, walk away from their single-engine airplane at a stop Islamabad, Pakistan, on their around-the-world flight. The body of the Plainfield, Indiana, teen was recovered after the plane crashed Tuesday, July 22, 2014 shortly after taking off from Pago Pago in American Samoa. Crews were still searching for Babar Suleman. (AP Photo/Courtesy The Citizens Foundation)

In this July 2014 photo provided by The Citizens Foundation 17-year-old Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman, 58, walk away from their single-engine airplane at a stop Islamabad, Pakistan, on their around-the-world flight. The body of the Plainfield, Indiana, teen was recovered after the plane crashed Tuesday, July 22, 2014 shortly after taking off from Pago Pago in American Samoa. Crews were still searching for Babar Suleman. (AP Photo/Courtesy The Citizens Foundation)

In this July 2014 photo provided by The Citizens Foundation 17-year-old Haris Suleman sits on the wing of his single-engine airplane in Lahore, Pakistan, on his around-the-world flight. The body of the Plainfield, Indiana teen was recovered after his single-engine plane crashed Tuesday, July 22, 2014 shortly after taking off from Pago Pago in American Samoa. Crews were still searching for his father, 58-year-old Babar Suleman, who was flying with him. (AP Photo/Courtesy The Citizens Foundation)

In this July 2014 photo provided by The Citizens Foundation 17-year-old Haris Suleman is greeted by students from the Citizens Foundation school in Lahore, Pakistan, during his around-the-world flight. The body of the Plainfield, Indiana, teen was recovered after his single-engine plane crashed Tuesday, July 22, 2014 shortly after taking off from Pago Pago in American Samoa. Crews were still searching for his father, 58-year-old Babar Suleman, who was flying with him. (AP Photo/Courtesy The Citizens Foundation)

In a photo provided by Citizens Foundation, Haris Suleman, center right, in blue shirt, and his father, Babar Suleman, center left, stand with the plane in early July 2014 in Pakistan that they were flying on an around-the-world trip. Haris Suleman, 17, who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight, was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday, July 23, 2014, for his father, who was also on board. Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the plane flown by Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa Tuesday night. Hayat said the body of Haris Suleman had been recovered, but crews were still looking for Babar Suleman. The father and son were using the trip to raise money for the Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit that builds schools in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Citizens Foundation)

In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo, Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, stand next to their plane at an airport in Greenwood, Ind. before taking off for an around-the-world flight. On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a single-engine plane with two aboard crashed in waters off American Samoa, with a registration number matching the plane flown by the Indiana teen attempting to fly around the world in 30 days. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer)

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

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.

Haris Suleman’s body was recovered shortly after Tuesday’s crash. Crews are still searching for his father.

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

Thompson said he didn’t see the plane hit the water, or see the Sulemans. It was too far offshore and too dark with no moon in the sky, he said.

Anguished family members and friends pleaded for more resources Thursday in hopes of finding Babar Suleman.

“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.”

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.

A C-130 pilot spotted sections of the plane’s fuselage and other aircraft components Wednesday night in a remote section of the ocean, spokesman Gene Maestas in Honolulu said, and ships later recovered some of that debris.

Divers searching for Babar Suleman went to the last known location of the plane’s distress signal but found the 300-foot water too deep, said American Samoa Homeland Security Department Director Iuniasolua Savusa.

“It’s beyond their capabilities at this point,” Savusa said. “So right now, we are doing all we can to deploy methods we have on island.”

That includes casting a net to the bottom of the ocean and dragging it to see if it captures any wreckage.

Haris Suleman had hoped to set the record for the fastest circumnavigation around the world in a single-engine airplane with the youngest pilot in command. His journey was also a fundraiser to help build schools in his father’s native Pakistan.

The Sulemans left Indiana on June 19 and were expected to arrive back in the U.S. on Saturday.

Maestas said a Coast Guard plane was working with two ships to search for debris. He said the search area was originally about a mile off the coast of American

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