Solar-Powered Plane Completes History-Making Flight

NEW YORK (July 7, 2013)--A solar-powered aircraft completed a history-making cross-country flight, landing at New York's JFK airport late Saturday night.

The Solar Impulse took off from Dulles International Airport in Washington a little before 5 a.m. Saturday en route to New York City and landed shortly after 11 p.m.

An unexpected tear was found on the left wing of the revolutionary plane earlier Saturday, forcing the pilot to land three hours ahead of schedule.

Officials said neither the pilot nor aircraft appeared to be in danger.

The accelerated schedule forced flight officials to scrap a planned fly-by past the Statue of Liberty.

Instead the plane headed straight to JFK.

The aircraft, powered by some 11,000 solar cells, soars at altitudes as high as 30,000 feet while poking along at a top speed of 45 miles per hour.

The Solar Impulse left San Francisco in early May and has made stops in Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Dulles.

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