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Solar Impulse 2 grounded in Japan

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 01:01

The pilot of the experimental plane, Solar Impulse 2 says minor damage will delay the aircraft's departure from Japan by a week. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Under a giant inflatable air-hanger, maintenance workers are pushing the Solar Impulse 2 plane into a new temporary home. Bad weather forced the solar-powered plane to land at a small airport in Nagoya, Japan on Monday. And now it must undergo some minor repairs. Pilot Andre Borschberg says the plane would be grounded for a week. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOLAR IMPULSE PILOT, ANDRE BORSCHBERG, SAYING: "It's nothing major, but it will take a week in fact to bring some of the materials from Switzerland and to make the repair. Then we should be ready in fact to continue and hopefully to reach Hawaii for the next step." Solar impulse is now past the halfway point of its much-publicized, round-the-world journey. The region's governor says he is grateful for the unexpected guest, saying it's like a treasure fallen from the sky. A treasure the plane's crew hopes can soon get off the ground and back in the sky.

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Solar Impulse 2 grounded in Japan

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 01:01