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Memorial Service at sea for Haris Suleman set for Sunday


The American Samoa Government will be holding a memorial service at  sea at 1pm Sunday afternoon in memory of Haris Suleman who died in the crash of his single engine Beechcraft airplace this past Tuesday night, a mile out from the Pago Pago International Airport. Search and rescue efforts for 58-year Babar Suleman who was traveling with his son on the around-the-world flight, continue.

DoH confirms three cases of "Chik Virus" in territory


Department of Health has now confirmed the presence of chikungunya — sometimes called the "Chik Virus" - in American Samoa with three cases confirmed as health officials urge the community to clean their surroundings where mosquitoes could breed.

LBJ Board does not mince words about ex-CEO


In the letter from the LBJ Board of Directors that forced the resignation of Medical Center CEO Joseph Davis-Fleming, an evaluation of the CEO’s performance by the board members is cited and attached as part of the reason he was found “unfit to continue as CEO for LBJ hospital,” after a majority vote by the board.
Samoa News was able to obtain a copy of the letter, which is dated July 21, 2014. The form used by the board for the CEO’s evaluation is from the LBJ-Human Resources Department and the board members are not identified by name.

LBJ Board forces CEO to resign immediately

Calls his Evaluation Performance “Unacceptable”

“We have not been officially informed of the hospital board’s decision regarding the hospital’s CEO position,” said Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who is the Acting Governor, in response to Samoa News queries earlier this week. Lemanu told Samoa News that he only found out when checking his mail and he came across the letter to end the CEO’s contract.
He then declined to further comment on the matter while he awaits a briefing from the board, saying “I don’t want to micromanage the decision by the hospital board.”

Tri-Marine: Pacific Tuna Treaty should be "priority"


Tri Marine International has called on the Obama Administration to make a “priority” on the federal government’s agenda, the Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries with Pacific Island countries, giving U.S. fishing fleet access to the Pacific region.
As previously reported by Samoa News the American treaty negotiations with Pacific Islands nations failed to reach a deal during negotiations of the Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries (also known as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty) held in Auckland, New Zealand two weeks ago.

Search and Rescue has not yet found Babar Suleman

Family members arrive tonight on Hawaiian Air

It’s unclear if the American Samoa Government’s Search and Rescue teams will be suspended after 72 hours in the search for the remains of 58-year Babar Suleman who was traveling with his son on an around-the-world flight, said Director for Homeland Security Utuali’i Iuniasolua Savusa.
The 72-hour limit expires today at 6pm.
The single engine Beechcraft, carrying Suleman and his 17-year-old son crashed around 9:50pm Tuesday night, a mile out from the Pago Pago International Airport.

Update: USCG and Marine Patrol resume search for Babar Suleman


The U.S. Coast Guard says some of the debris from the single-engine plane which crashed Tuesday night in the waters off American Samoa’s main island of Tutuila, has been located and collected by territorial officials.
Honolulu based Coast Guard spokesman Gene Maestas told Samoa News this morning that while the search has not found “a whole plane, we have spotted debris such as a wheel, part of the fuselage and personal items such as duffle bag and other items”.

Eyewitness to plane crash tells of sorrow over being unable to help


American Samoa was the headquarters yesterday for the search for debris from a single engine Beechcraft, carrying a man and his 17-year-old son that crashed around 9:50pm Wednesday night, a mile out from the Pago Pago International Airport.
The victims have been identified as Babar Suleman and his 17-year-old son Haris, who took off last month on a world-spanning journey to raise money for charity. They’d planned to spend 30 days flying to cities around the world, including London and Istanbul.

Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren't achieved without taking chances.

"Why does any explorer undertake the necessary risks in order to accomplish their dream? Because that person has a drive, they have a focus, and they have a need to explore that dream," he wrote in a July 15 blog for The Huffington Post.

UPDATES: Private plane crashes after take off from Pago Pago Int'l Airport


A private pane went down in American Samoa waters leaving two dead, according to Marine Patrol officers sent to sea close to midnight with a search and rescue team.
The first body was brought in around 1:15 am at the wharf before the marine officers went back to search for a second body. Apparently the plane had just taken off from the Pago Pago International Airport, said Airport Police.
The Department of Public Safety’s Marine Patrol officers suspended their search for the second body about 4am this morning. 

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