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Solar plane lands in Japan to avoid poor weather

Monday, June 01, 2015 - 01:05

Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered plane attempting a round-the-world flight , has landed safely in Japan after having to change course due to adverse weather conditions. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A solar-powered plane attempting a round-the-world flight cut short the seventh leg of its 35,000-km global (22,000-mile) journey, landing in Nagoya, western Japan on Monday (June 1), due to bad weather. The plane landed at a small airport in Nagoya around midnight local time, one of the project's organisers told Reuters. The Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane, left Nanjing, China on Sunday to fly over the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. The plane, which is covered in solar cells, took off from Abu Dhabi in March. The journey across the Pacific Ocean was expected to be the most difficult stretch of the journey. Overall, the trip was expected to span approximately 25 flight days broken up into 12 legs at speeds between 50 and 100 kph (30 to 60 mph).

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Solar plane lands in Japan to avoid poor weather

Monday, June 01, 2015 - 01:05