Swiss solar-powered aircraft lands in Brussels

13th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Pioneering Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse landed in Brussels on Friday after its first international flight, 13 hours after it took off from Switzerland.

"This is wonderful," said Bertrand Piccard, joint founder and president of the Solar Impulse project.

The single-seater, piloted by Andre Borschberg, had lifted off gently in clear blue skies from Payerne airbase at 8:40 am (0640 GMT) after being delayed by early morning mist.

It covered the roughly 480 kilometres (300 miles) from western Switzerland to Brussels airport, flying over France and Luxembourg at 3,600 metres (11,880 feet).

© 2011 AFP

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