Solar Impulse 2 forced to land during record-breaking attempt

Solar Impulse 2 has been forced to land in Japan due to poor weather conditions, 36 hours into what was supposed to be a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean. The solar-powered plane took off early Sunday from Nanjing, China to begin a 120-hour trip to Hawaii that would have smashed the world record for longest duration of a solo aircraft flight. (It currently stands at 67 hours and 1 minute.) The aircraft and its lone pilot, André Borschberg, completed one overnight leg before Solar Impulse’s meteorologists decided to make an unexpected stopover in Nagoya, Japan this morning as conditions worsened.

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Author: Amar Toor

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