Historic take off from Abu Dhabi
It is expected that the flight would take five months covering 35,000 kilometres with Andre Borschberg at the controls of the single-seater vehicle. The solar-powered plane took off at 07:12 local time (03:12 GMT). ndre Borschberg will share the pilot duties in due course with fellow Swiss, Bertrand Piccard.
The first leg on Monday to Oman will cover about 400km and take an estimated 12 hours. Details of the journey are being relayed on the internet.
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