12 Jun '11, 12am

'We tried but we couldn't make it': Solar-powered airplane forced to abandon flight to Paris after technical problems

'We tried but we couldn't make it': Solar-powered airplane forced to abandon flight to Paris after technical problems

Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse (above) landed in Brussels on Saturday after the pilot aborted a flight to Paris following a series of technical problems, his team said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BRUSSELS - SWISS solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse landed in Brussels on Saturday after the pilot aborted a flight to Paris following a series of technical problems, his team said. The plane took off on Saturday in cloudy conditions for its second international flight from Brussels for Paris but pilot Andre Borschberg turned back for the Belgian capital after a series of glitches. Heavy rain and strong winds had already prevented it from taking off at 0230 GMT as scheduled. The project's ground control team reported that Borschberg had had problems retracting the landing gear. -- AFP

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