19-year-old set to complete aviation record by flying solo around the world
22 January 2022 | 9:31 am
Teenager Zara Rutherford is expected to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the globe when she is expected to return to Belgium on Thursday. The British-Belgian teenager landed in the German village of Egelsbach on Wednesday, one-stop short of completing a journey that will make her the youngest woman ever to fly solo around the globe.
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