Solar plane lands in Spain after three-day Atlantic crossing

  • Reuters, Seville
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2016 13:03 IST
Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered airplane, piloted by Swiss pioneer Bertrand Piccard prepares to land in Seville. (REUTERS)

An airplane powered solely by the sun landed safely in Seville in Spain early on Thursday after an almost three-day flight across the Atlantic from New York in one of the longest legs of the first ever fuel-less flight around the world.

The single-seat Solar Impulse 2 touched down shortly after 7.30 am local time in Seville after leaving John F Kennedy International Airport at about 2.30 am EDT on June 20.

This handout photo obtained June 21, 2016 shows the Solar Impulse 2 over the Azores islands on its multiple-day flight across the Atlantic Ocean. (AFP Photo)

The flight of just over 71 hours was the 15th leg of the round-the-world journey by the plane piloted in turns by Swiss aviators Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg.

World map showing the path of Solar Impulse 2 aircraft which landed in Seville, Spain Thursday after crossing the Atlantic.

“Oh-la-la, absolutely perfect,” Piccard said after landing, thanking his engineering crew for their efforts.

With a cruising speed of around 70 kilometres an hour, similar to an average car, the plane has more than 17,0000 solar cells built in to wings with a span bigger than that of a Boeing 747.

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