Monday, May 23

Belgian pilot Zara Rutherford landed in Frankfurt, before returning to Kortrijk on Thursday

(Belga) The Belgian-British Zara Rutherford, whose ambition is to be the youngest woman to circumnavigate the world solo, landed in Frankfurt (Germany) on Wednesday. If everything goes according to plan, the 19-year-old will arrive at Kortrijk-Wevelgem airport tomorrow/Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

The adventurer left last August from Courtrais airport. She flew over five continents and stopped in some fifty countries, covering 52,000 kilometres. She was initially expected Monday in Kortrijk, the intention being to land Sunday at the small airport of Frankfurt-Egelsbach, but the fog prevented her from doing so. She had been living in the Czech Republic ever since. She was finally able to land in the German city on Wednesday. It was there that she told the DPA news agency that she was looking forward to returning to Belgium and seeing her family. The ultralight sport plane with which Zara Rutherford is trying to break the record is a Shark Ultralight type plane, considered the fastest ultralight plane. It has a cruising speed of 300 kilometers per hour. Normally this is a two-seater but for this adventure a seat has been removed and an extra fuel tank has been added. The pilot hopes, with this record attempt, to arouse the interest of young girls in aviation. It should normally land Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Belgium. According to his entourage, it will depend on the weather conditions, but these should not be too unfavorable to him. The public and the press are invited to Kortrijk to welcome Zara Rutherford, before a press conference scheduled for noon. (Belga)

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