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Solar-powered airplane lands in suburban Phoenix

A solar-powered airplane landed in suburban Phoenix on Monday night after a daylong flight from California – the latest leg in its journey around the world using only energy from the sun.

The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 arrived in the suburb of Goodyear, which is just to the southwest of Phoenix, shortly before 9pm PDT.

The aircraft took off from Mountain View in northern California shortly after 5am on Monday on the 16-hour flight to Phoenix.

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg flew the plane, which began its globe-circling journey last year. Solar Impulse 2 flew from Hawaii to the Silicon Valley last week.

After arriving, powerful winds forced ground crews to hold down the plane with straps.


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