Solar-powered plane heads for India

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Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has taken off from Muscat in Oman bound for India on the second leg of its historic round-the-world trip.

The Solar Impulse 2 departed just before dawn for the 910-mile (1,465-km) journey from Muscat to Ahmedabad, a trip that will take an estimated 16 hours.

Pilot Bertrand Piccard was at the controls of the plane, which has a wing span larger than that of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet. He is being accompanied by fellow pilot Andre Borschberg, who founded the company that built the aircraft.

Yesterday, the plane took off from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

It will make a number of stopovers during its 21,700-mile (35,000km) journey.

Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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