Bad weather delays solar plane's round-the-world trip

2015-03-14 18:00
Solar Impulse 2. (Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse, AP)

Solar Impulse 2. (Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse, AP)

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New Delhi - A solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world trip has extended a stop-over in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad by two days due to poor weather conditions, it was announced on Saturday.

The Swiss aircraft Solar Impulse 2, which was scheduled to fly to the Hindu temple town of Varanasi on Sunday, was likely to remain in Ahmedabad till Tuesday, the project organisers said on twitter.

"It is scheduled for Tuesday, but we will post updates as it all depends on the weather!" said a tweet in reply to a question on when the aircraft was expected to take off.

Parts of northern, western and central India have been experiencing cloudy weather with occasional thunderstorms in the past 24 hours, with more predicted over the next two days by the Indian meteorological department.

The aircraft is expected to cover the distance of just over a thousand kilometres between Ahmedabad and Varanasi in 15 hours, according to the organisers.

The aircraft is attempting a 35 000km journey without using fossil fuel with the aim of promoting the use of clean technologies.

Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi on its first flight and flew successfully to Oman on Monday and then to Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

During the next five months, Solar Impulse 2 will skip from continent to continent and cross both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans as it attempts to circumnavigate the globe.

It is expected to arrive back in the Gulf around July or August.


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