Weather forces Solar Impulse to land in Japan
A solar plane attempting to fly around the world without a drop of fuel plans to make an unscheduled stop Monday night in Nagoya, Japan, because of bad weather.
Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg took off from Nanjing, China, on Sunday on what was to be the longest leg of the journey, a six-day, 8,175-kilometer (5,079-mile) flight to Hawaii.
Instead, the Solar Impulse 2 will land in Nagoya in central Japan, organizers said.
Japanese Transport Ministry and Nagoya airport officials confirmed that they are making arrangements for an unanticipated landing at Nagoya Airport.
Elke Neumann, a spokeswoman for the Solar Impulse project, said from Nanjing that the team first noticed the bad weather pattern about 36 hours ago.
“We thought we might go through it,” she said. “But between Japan and Hawaii there’s no place to stop.”
The safety of the pilot and the plane are a priority, and they will likely wait a few days in Japan until the weather changes, she said.