Chinese Crew Begin First Round-the-World Flight on Single-Engine Aircraft

© AFP 2022 / FREDERIC J. BROWNTravellers and their luggage are reflected on the floor at Terminal 3 of Beijing's Capital International Airport. (File)
Travellers and their luggage are reflected on the floor at Terminal 3 of Beijing's Capital International Airport. (File) - Sputnik International
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A single-engine turboprop TMB700 aircraft with two people on board left for its first around-the-world flight from China, local media reported.

Fedor Konyukhov - Sputnik International
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BEIJING (Sputnik) — According to The People's Daily, a Chinese pilot and his crew left Beijing Capital International Airport on Sunday after two years of thorough preparation.

The aircraft is expected to overcome the distance of about 40,000 kilometers (24,854 miles) and cover more than 20 countries, including Russia, the United States, Canada, Iceland and the United Kingdom. According to the pilot, the plane will make about 50 stops.

The journey will reportedly last 58 days.

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