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19-year-old begins bid to smash world solo flight record from Belgium

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Nineteen-year-old Zara Rutherford began her bid to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world on Wednesday, leaving Belgium for a planned odyssey spanning 52 countries and five continents. A website tracking her journey showed she had taken off from the town of Kortrijk headed towards the Channel Sea. “The moment that you lift off the ground, you forget everything. It’s just you and the plane,” Rutherford, who is a British-Belgian dual national, told dpa ahead of her departure. Currently, the record is held by Shaesta Waiz of the United States, who flew around the planet alone at t…

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