Pilot aims to be first Chi­nese woman to cir­cle globe

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Chen Jingxian, a 31-year-old lawyer from a small town in Sichuan prov­ince, is try­ing to be­come the first Chi­nese woman to fly around the world. If she suc­ceeds, she will win a prize of $150,000.

Fol­low­ing such fa­mous pi­lots as Charles Lind­bergh and Amelia Earhart, Chen de­parted Cleve­land, Ohio, in a sin­gle- en­gine Beechcraft Bo­nanza on Aug 1. She stopped in New York, Bos­ton, Canada, Green­land and Ice­land, fi­nally reach­ing Paris. Af­ter Paris, she plans to touch down in Spain, Italy, Greece and Egypt, tra­verse Saudi Ara­bia to Dubai, and hop from In­dia through Thai­land to China.

She is still ap­ply­ing for per­mis­sion to land in China. Af­ter a brief stop in her home­land, she plans to head for Ja­pan and Rus­sia be­fore re-en­ter­ing the US by way of Alaska.

Chen es­ti­mates it will take 45 to 60 days to com­plete her trip. To make ends meet, she has bor­rowed money from fam­ily and friends. Chen is a cor­po­rate lawyer who di­vides her time be­tween Shang­hai and New York.

The prize money was put up by Chen Wei, from Chang­sha, Hu­nan prov­ince, who was the first Chi­nese pilot to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe, in 2011

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