Wing damage grounds Solar Impulse 2 for extra week

Grounded solar plane expected to lift off after repairs completed

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2, on a mission to fly around the world without fuel, won’t be airborne for at least another week due to damage sustained by one of its wings.

It was flying to Hawaii from China when its two pilots decided to land in Japan due to strong winds late on Monday.

The cover put over the wing to protect it from the rain and sun seems to be the cause of the latest damage to the wing.

"There was so much wind and gusts that this cover started to shake on the wing, and damaged an aileron on the trailing edge of the wing," Bertrand Piccard, the head of the project, said in a video posted on project’s website.

It will take at least one week to repair the wing, he added in the post.

Solar Impulse 2 departed from Nanjing, China on Sunday for a record six-day, 8,175 km flight over the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.

TRTWorld and agencies