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Solar plane successfully flies over Morocco desert

RABAT -- A solar-powered plane early Friday completed a flight over the Moroccan desert to showcase renewable energy, as a key summit in Rio discussed “greening” the world economy.

The Swiss-made Solar Impulse landed in Ouarzazate at 26 minutes after midnight (2326 GMT) after having taken off from Rabat at dawn on Thursday.

“Once again, the flight was magnificent,” Borschberg said shortly before landing.

Earlier, during the flight, pilot Andre Borschberg told AFP by satellite telephone from his cockpit said he was optimistic about the chances of success.

“The sky is magnificently beautiful and I am pretty confident of arriving at the destination,” pilot Andre Borschberg said.

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