US teen pilot reaches India in around-the-world tour

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A 19-year-old American attempting to become the youngest person to fly around the world solo reached India on Thursday.

He is more than a month into his aerial odyssey.

Mr Matt Guthmiller, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), smiled and flashed a thumbs-up after he landed his single-engined Beechcraft A36 Bonanza aircraft in the city of Nagpur in western Maharashtra state, AFP reported.

“It’s been good, actually a lot of fun. I have been to some really interesting places. There have been a few small issues but overall it’s been fun,” Mr Guthmiller told AFP by telephone.

The bespectacled teen is set to cover 46,700km during his month-long journey, making 25 stops across 14 countries.

Mr Guthmille unloads his luggage after arrival in Nagpur

He hopes to set a Guinness World Record by landing on July 8 in California, when he will be 16 days younger than Ryan Campbell of Australia, the current record holder.

Mr Campbell was 19 years, seven months, and 25 days old when he arrived south of Sydney last year.

Source: AFP