Mumbai girl creates history, becomes first woman to fly solo across Atlantic

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Mumbai:Captain Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai created the history by becoming the first women to fly solo across Atlantic in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA).

The 23-year-old, who hails from Mumbai, flew solo around the world in a solo year-long expedition and her mission is to empower women and to encourage them to set records just like her.

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According to her, flying in her aircraft was just like “riding on a white bird with long wings.”


Courtesy: CBC North

She achieved the feat around midnight Monday-Tuesday (May 13-14) when she landed her tiny aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada, after a gruelling 3,000 km long flight, under adverse and extreme weather conditions following take-off from Wick, Scotland (United Kingdom), with brief stopovers in Greenland and Iceland.

She said, “I just want girls, not just in India but around the world, to know that if you can dream it, you can do it. I have seen men doing it. I got the thought that if men can do it, why can’t a woman?”

Reportedly, after flying more than 3,000 kilometres across the ocean in extreme weather conditions and harsh winds, Aarohi was glad to make it back it on land.

According to her even though there were many limitation to her journey, as her aircraft is very small and light, it was a fun ride.

She said, “It was beautiful. Blue water everywhere, open skies. It was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ll never forget.”

Aarohi managed to make her journey possible in an aircraft named Mahi, which is a Sinus 912, light-sport aircraft, with a single engine, which weighs just over 400 kilograms, reports said.

Aarohi started her journey in India, then stopped in Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, across Europe to Scotland, Iceland, Greenland and finally landed in Canada.