Teen pilot Zara Rutherford lands historic flight in Colombo
Tue, Dec 28, 2021, 08:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Dec 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tuesday welcomed teen aviator Zara Rutherford on her journey to break the Guinness World Records as the youngest woman to fly around the world solo.
Teen pilot Zara Rutherford landed in Colombo International Airport in Ratmalana on Tuesday, December 28 from Banda Aceh – Indonesia, on her attempt to become the first woman to circumnavigate the world in a microlight and the first Belgian to circumnavigate the world solo in a single-engine aircraft.
On 18th August 2021, the 19-year-old British-Belgian departed from Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in western Belgium on her 51,000-km journey in her bespoke Shark ultralight plane, the world’s fastest microlight.
The Colombo International Airport is the 56th stop in her bid to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.
She had planned to complete her journey across five continents and 52 countries by Christmas. However, it took longer than expected in the earlier legs of Russia and Alaska. She now expects to finish her journey in mid-January 2022.