World’s Youngest Female Pilot Arrived in Khabarovsk

The youngest pilot in the world, 19-year-old Zara Rutherford, reached Khabarovsk as part of a round-the-world trip and since November 9, due to cyclones, she has been stuck in the village of Ayan in the Khabarovsk Territory of Russia, as reported in the Telegram channel of the Governor Mikhail Degtyarev.  

As reported, stormy weather with wind gusts of 25-27 metres per second lasted for a long time in the north of the Khabarovsk Territory. A light two-seat low-wing plane had to be fixed at the airfield with ropes attached to mooring rings.

“Zara makes a trip around the world onboard a Shark with a Rotax 912UL engine. Employees of the airfield service of the Federal State Enterprise ‘Airports of the Far East’ helped to warm up the engine and make a run on the ground, after which the girl was finally able to fly to Khabarovsk. Welcome, Zara!” the Governor wrote.

It is specified that the girl went on a trip around the world on August 18, 2021. By mid-November, she planned to return to Belgium but got into bad weather in Alaska, where she lost several weeks waiting for permission to fly.

Picture: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Local Website

She has already crossed the Atlantic, Canada, the East Coast of the US and the Caribbean Islands, after which she turned back to the north, flying through Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico. In total, she will fly across 5 continents and 52 countries, intending to break the world record and become the youngest woman in history to fly around the world alone.

Ru-Main, 30.11.2021 

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