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Solar plane lands early due to bad weather

Published 01/06/2015 | 16:07

Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Nanjing Lukou International Airport in Nanjing in eastern China's Jiangsu province.
Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Nanjing Lukou International Airport in Nanjing in eastern China's Jiangsu province.

A solar plane attempting to fly around the world without a drop of fuel has made an unscheduled stop in Japan due to bad weather.

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The Swiss pilot of the Solar Impulse 2 took off from Nanjing, China, yesterday for Hawaii on what was to be the longest leg of the journey.

But the website and Twitter feed of the flight said that the plane would instead land in Nagoya, Japan.

The journey started in March in Abu Dhabi, and the plane has stopped in Oman, India, Burma and China.

The 5,079-mile (8,175km) flight from Nanjing to Hawaii was the seventh of 12 flights and the longest and most dangerous leg.

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