Bad Weather Forces Solar Impulse into Emergency Landing

World | June 1, 2015, Monday // 10:45|  views

A handout photograph provided by Global Newsroom shows Solar Impulse 2 -a solar powered plane- taking off in Nanjing China, May 31, 2015.

An unscheduled stop of the Solar Impulse plane in Japan has hampered its bid to break a world record.

"Decision taken for intermediate landing in Nagoya & wait for better conditions," Bertrand Piccard, the initiator of the venture who has been developing the solar-powered plane for years, announced on Twitter as the the plane was en route to Hawaii from China.


A six-day journey had been scheduled to take place from Nanjing, China, to Hawaii.

It will have to continue when weather conditions improve.

Solar Impulse initiator Bertrand Piccard and pilot Andre Borschberg are trying to circumnavigate the world in a solar plane. The journey began in March, and successfully overcame all challenges on the six legs since taking off for the first time.



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Tags: Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard, Andre Borschberg


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