Solar Impulse-2: En route to Varanasi

Varanasi: World’s first round-the-world solar flight Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) has landed in Varanasi on Wednesday.  It took off from Ahmedabad after a two-hour delay this morning. The plane and crew had a week's stopover in the city. It took little over 13 hours and 15 minutes to reach Varanasi. This is the only stretch it flies in India on its world tour.

Solar Impulse Pilot Bertrand Piccard, who flew the world's first solar-powered aircraft to Gujarat's Ahmedabad, on Wednesday seemed upset over delay in immigration clearance to proceed to Varanasi.
"Whenever I went for the clearance, the Ahmedabad authorities postponed it to the following day and we are now in a big mess,"Pilot Bertrand Piccard said.
However, after getting clearance, Pilot Bertrand Piccard took to Twitter to update about the SI-2's journey.

"The plane took off on Wednesday after a delay of two hours from its scheduled time from Ahmedabad. We are expecting it to reach at around 9 PM here, which is close to its earlier arrival schedule," said S K Malik, Director of Varanasi Airport.

The world's only 'zero-fuel' aircraft 'Solar Impulse-2' is on round-the-world trip.

The world's only solar-powered aircraft 'Solar Impulse-2' will make a stop over Varanasi on Wednesday evening after hovering over river Ganga to spread the message of cleanliness and clean energy, as a part of its maiden global journey. The aircraft will land at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport in the temple town.
The district authorities had given the permission, which was sought in advance by the 'Solar Impulse-2' (SI-2) team, to the aircraft for carrying out aerial videography of the Ganga ghats(banks).
Swiss pilot Piccard had flown the plane from Muscat to Ahmedabad, while Borschberg is flying it to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

The SI-2 is scheduled to fly to Mandalay in Myanmar from Varanasi on Thursday morning, Chongqing and Nanjing in China and thereafter to the US.

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