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Solar plane breaks the world record

A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat aircraft landed yesterday at Kalaeloa, a small airport outside Honolulu.

His nearly 118-hour voyage from Nagoya broke the record for the world's longest non-stop solo flight, his team said. The late US adventurer Steve Fossett set the previous record of 76 hours when he flew around the globe in 2006.