South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

View Comments
Matt Guthmiller, the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world, arrives at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Calif. on Monday, July 14, 2014. The 19-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology student from South Dakota, left May 31 from Gillespie Field to circumnavigate the globe in a leased 1981 prop-powered, single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36. (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, Sean M. Haffey)

Matt Guthmiller, the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world, arrives at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Calif. on Monday, July 14, 2014. The 19-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology student from South Dakota, left May 31 from Gillespie Field to circumnavigate the globe in a leased 1981 prop-powered, single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36. (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, Sean M. Haffey)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Nineteen-year-old Matt Guthmiller completed the more than 29,000-mile journey in a single-engine airplane Monday night when he touched down at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California.

Guthmiller’s flight began May 31. His final, 16-hour leg took him from Honolulu, Hawaii, over the Pacific Ocean to El Cajon.

The Aberdeen, South Dakota, native was greeted by reporters and his mother in El Cajon.

The previous record was set by Australian Ryan Campbell who was 19 years, seven months and 25 days old when he completed the circumnavigation last year. Guthmiller will be that age July 24.

Guthmiller’s parents say he’s sending documentation to Guinness World Records, which must confirm the feat.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 28,168 other followers