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US Aviator Sets Non-Stop Flight Record


U.S. aviator Steve Fossett has broken the record for the world's longest non-stop flight, but ended it with an emergency landing.

Fossett touched down Saturday in Bournemouth, England, after his plane's electrical system failed just kilometers from his original destination, south of London. A statement on his website said Fossett had only 90 kilograms of fuel left when he landed.

His three day flight began at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He lost 340 kilograms of fuel on take-off, forcing him to alter his flight plan to make better use of air currents.

Fossett's completed flight - more than 41,000 kilometers around the globe - beats the non-stop airplane distance record of 40,211 kilometers set in 1986 and the balloon distance record of 40,813 kilometers set in 1999.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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