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See Pics! 18-year-old Aussie teen becomes youngest pilot to fly solo around the world

An 18-year-old Australian teen has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft, completing the 45,000-kilometre trip in almost two months. Lachlan Smart, who is 18 years, seven months

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
melbourne Updated on: August 29, 2016 13:45 IST
Lachlan Smart, 18, has become the youngest person to fly
Lachlan Smart, 18, has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world

An 18-year-old Australian teen has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft, completing the 45,000-kilometre trip in almost two months.

Lachlan Smart, who is 18 years, seven months and 21 days of age, touched down his Cirrus SR22, at Sunshine Coast Airport at Marcoola on Saturday.

India Tv - His journey lasted 54 days and covered 45,000-kilometres

His journey lasted 54 days and covered 45,000-kilometres

During his voyage, Smart stopped at 24 locations spanning across 15 countries and covered more than 45,000 kilometres.

With this feat, Smart beats the previous benchmark set by American Matt Guthmiller who completed his circumnavigation when he was 19 years, 7 months and 15 days.

India Tv - Crowds of family, friends and well-wishers were there to greet him

Crowds of family, friends and well-wishers were there to greet him

But the journey was not all that smooth for Smart, with dangerous weather conditions, lack of support from airport staff and the language barrier hindering his progress.

He also encountered heavy storms over the Pacific and a hurricane between California and Hawaii that delayed him for 24 hours.

But he said 'there was not anything he could not overcome'.

India Tv - Smart stopped in 24 locations in 15 countries during his seven-week journey
Smart stopped in 24 locations in 15 countries during his seven-week journey

Smart, who arrived at Maroochydore Airport about 7.30 am on Saturday morning, was greeted by a crowd of hundreds, including his friends and family.

India Tv - Lachlan Smart, 18, has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world

Lachlan Smart, 18, has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world

(With PTI inputs)

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