Solar Impulse 2 Lands In China After A 22 Hour Flight From Myanmar

31/03/2015 9:37 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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The Solar Impulse 2 with pilot Bertrand Piccard at the controls of the revolutionary plane taxis after landing in Chongqing airport at 1:35 am (17:35 GMT Monday) after a 22-and-a-half hour flight from Myanmar, on March 31, 2015. Solar Impulse 2 landed in China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, as it completed the fifth leg of its landmark circumnavigation of the globe powered solely by the sun. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

BEIJING - A groundbreaking solar-powered plane has successfully flown from Myanmar to central China as part of an historic round-the-world journey.

The organizers of the Solar Impulse 2 flight wrote in a statement that the plane landed in Chongqing, China, at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday, after leaving Mandalay, Myanmar, more than 20 hours earlier.

Two Swiss pilots are flying the state-of-the-art plane, which is powered by more than 17,000 solar cells on its wings. They are attempting the first ever round-the-world flight by a solar-powered plane to promote renewable energy use.

The Solar Impulse 2 started its journey from Abu Dhabi on March 9 and made four stops before arriving in China. It flies next to the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing before heading to Hawaii on its five-month trip.

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