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Solar Impulse team eyes Mediterranean flight

The Swiss team behind the world’s most advanced solar-powered aeroplane plans to fly across the Mediterranean next year before attempting a round-the-world trip in 2014.

Pilot André Borschberg said the first European flight to Belgium and France had encouraged the Solar Impulse team to consider flying the aircraft to Morocco in 2012.

He said after returning from Paris on Sunday that Turkey was another possible destination next year.

The Mediterranean flights will be a major challenge for the engineers and the pilot, because the plane will have to stay in the air for 48 hours.

The Solar Impulse has a 63-metre wingspan, holds no passengers and is very sensitive to air turbulence. and agencies

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