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A 16-year-old Boy Flies a Plane Solo From Europe to Nairobi.

On Wednesday, a 16-year-old student who is attempting to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world landed his little plane in Nairobi, Kenya's capital.

The youngster began his adventure near Sofia in March with the goal of breaking a Guinness World Record currently occupied by compatriot Travis Ludlow, who finished a circumnavigation at the age of 18 in 2021.

“I’m hoping, with this journey, to inspire young people to follow their dreams,” , Rutherford claimed after hopping out of his two-seater single propeller ultralight aircraft at Wilson Airport.

Shark Aero, the plane's manufacturer, considered the flight too dangerous and declined to collaborate with Rutherford's idea.

"Mack is no doubt a skilled pilot. However, we do not feel comfortable pushing the age limit to the lowest possible point for journeys where a certain level of risk cannot be avoided," The company claimed.

Rutherford will travel to four additional African and Indian Ocean countries before heading to the Middle East, Asia, and North America, and then back to Europe.



Rutherford was born into a family of pilots, he sat alongside his father at the controls of an airplane at the age of seven.

“It hasn’t let me down, I’ve absolutely loved the views both around the Sahara desert and in Kenya,” he said.

He claimed faced various difficulties while flying across the Sahara desert, but the sight kept him going until he arrived at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

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