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Solar-powered plane leaves Spain for Egypt on penultimate leg of global trip

Published 11/07/2016

Solar Impulse 2 is heading for Cairo in Egypt after taking off from Seville in Spain
Solar Impulse 2 is heading for Cairo in Egypt after taking off from Seville in Spain

An experimental solar-powered plane has left Spain for Egypt on the penultimate leg of its globe-circling voyage.

Organisers said the Solar Impulse 2 took off from Seville airport on Monday and was heading for Cairo.

The flight, piloted by Andre Borschberg, accompanied by fellow Swiss Bertrand Piccard, is expected to last 50 hours and 30 minutes.

The round-the-world voyage began in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and is also due to finish there.

The plane arrived in Seville on June 23 after an unprecedented three-day flight across the Atlantic.

The wings of Solar Impulse 2, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries. The plane runs on stored energy at night.

AP

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