Solar Impulse Plane Lands in China

Completes fifth leg of around-the-world flight

The Solar Impulse plane has already set two world records for manned solar-powered flights. (Courtesy of Solar Impulse)

The Solar Impulse plane touched down in Chongqing, China, on Monday.

The record-breaking aircraft is on its way to become the first solar-powered flight around the world. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg left Mandalay, Myanmar, 20 hours earlier and traveled 1,500 kilometers to China.

The pilots will remain in China until a weather window allows them to continue on to Nanjing, the BBC reported. They will then head to Hawaii in the plane’s first major ocean crossing.

“Maybe we have to wait a few days,” mission director Raymond Clerc told the BBC. “We’ll have a first image from the meteorologists [on Tuesday].”

It has been three weeks since the plane began its flight from Oman. The project has already set two world records for manned solar-powered flights.

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