Gas-balloon flight breaks records

A gas-filled balloon co-piloted by an American and a Russian touched down safely in the waters off Mexico at the weekend, completing a week-long trans-Pacific flight that unofficially broke two world records, a spokeswoman said.

The balloon carrying Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and his Russian co-pilot, Leonid Tiukhtyaev, landed near La Poza Grande in Baja California Sur after a flight that lasted six days, 16 hours and 38 minutes and covered 10 696km.

It broke records for distance flown and for time in flight for that type of aircraft.

– Reuters

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