The solar-powered plane that is attempting a record-breaking flight around the world has been damaged after making an unscheduled stop in Japan.
The Solar Impulse aircraft was forced to land on Monday after weather conditions worsened while it was flying across the Pacific Ocean. It touched down smoothly, but gusts of wind damaged its delicate wings in the hours after landing. The team is confident it can repair the plane and continue the epic journey. Solar Impulse’s co-founder, Andre Borschberg tweeted: “Small damage on one of the aileron of @solarimpulse which will necessitate at least a week to repair but not a major issue.” The experimental plane, which has 17,000 solar cells on its wings, began its circumnavigation of the globe in Abu Dhabi in March.