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Solar plane still stranded in Japan

THE solar-powered plane attempting to circle the globe without a drop of fuel is sitting in Japan waiting out unexpectedly bad weather after making an unplanned landing.

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg took off from Nanjing, China, on Sunday on what was to be the longest leg of the journey, a six-day, 8,175km flight to Hawaii.

Japanese Transport Ministry and Nagoya airport officials arranged for Solar Impulse to land after the airport's usual closing hours to accommodate the wingspan.