A teenage pilot, Mack Rutherford, 17, becomes the youngest pilot to fly solo worldwide in a small aircraft.
Mack Rutherford landed at Sofia in Bulgaria after a five-month journey across 52 countries. The trip took him through Asia, Africa, Europe, and the US, across two oceans, with his plane touching down departing from London's Biggin Hill Airport and in the UK at Wick in Scotland. Along the way, Mack encountered sandstorms in Sudan and spent the night on an uninhabited Pacific Island.
Zara, Mack's elder sister, is the youngest woman to fly solo worldwide. In January this year, she completed her journey. She said that she traveled to Sofia to greet Mack as he returned to the starting point of his trip to give him advice on the route.
Mack was born to British parents but grew up in Belgium. Mack comes from a family of aviators. On 23rd March, he set off from the Bulgarian capital with the difficult journey seeing the intense heat in Dubai and unpredicted airport closures in India. The former record holder to fly solo was British pilot Travis Ludlow, 18 and 150 days old, when he completed his journey last year.