Ban Ki-moon greets pilots of Solar Impulse 2, hailing innovation for sustainable future

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday met with the two pilots of a solar-powered plane on their global-circling voyage, hailing innovation and experimentation for a more sustainable future.

The Solar Impulse 2, the spindly, single-seat experimental aircraft of the size of a 747 with the weight of a car and the power of a small motorcycle, uses no fossil fuels and has no emissions.

The airplane landed at JFK airport in New York on Saturday. New York will be the 14th stop on its 35,000 kilometer (22,000-mile) round-the-world journey which began in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates in March 2015. It made stops in countries including Oman, India, China and Japan.

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