Solar Impulse 2 (Solar Powered Plane) has landed safely in Oman on the first leg of its quest to be the first plane to fly around the world fueled only by the sun's rays.

The solar-powered plane took off from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates yesterday (March 10,2015) with pilot Andre Borschberg at the controls for the 400 kilometers (250 miles) flight.

The journey was expected to take for about 12 hours, but strong winds of up to 11 knots delayed its landing, forcing Borschberg to fly in a holding pattern above Muscat until they dropped into safe levels.

Once safely on the ground, Borschberg said he was "extremely happy" and "looking forward to the rest of their adventure."

Solar Impulse 2's visit to Oman is a short pit stop on its marathon 35,000 kilometers, five months journey across the globe, via the following countries:
1st - Oman
2nd - India 
3rd - Myanmar 
4th -  China 
5th - U.S.

The plane is expected to stay on the ground for just eight hours before it will take off again -- this time pilot Bertrand Piccard would control it -- bound for Ahmedabad in India.

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