Bad weather interrupts solar-powered plane’s journey

Solar Impulse 2 to fly over Pacific lands in Japan due to bad weather

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A solar-powered plane attempting a round-the-world flight will cut short the seventh leg of its 35,000-km global journey, landing in Nagoya, western Japan, due to bad weather.
The plane will land 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.
Overall, the trip was expected to span approximately 25 flight days broken up into 12 legs at speeds of between 50 and 100 kph (30 to 60 mph).