29 Jul 2014

Help plea after American Samoa crash

1:17 pm on 29 July 2014

The son of a man still missing after the plane crash off American Samoa says there should have been more help from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Cyrus Suleman's 17-year-old brother, Haris, was killed in the crash and their father, Babar, has not been found but is presumed dead.

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Photo: RNZ

The US Coast Guard has called off the search and a memorial service was held yesterday, with family members laying wreaths from a ferry.

Cyrus Suleman says some agencies have been very helpful, but they need more assistance from the FFA and NTSB as they look at other options to locate their father.

"Right now we're actually trying to locate the actual wreckage and there are certain challenges that come with that. The weather has not been very cooperative. We have also lacked some of the technical resources necessary, but we are working on all those things."

Cyrus and a friend of the Suleman family are today accompanying Haris Suleman's body home on a Hawaiian Air flight.