Teenage Belgian pilot lands at Clark Airport in sight of Guinness record – Manila bulletin

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EXCLUSIVE: Eyeing Guinness record, teenage Belgian pilot lands at Clark Airport

CLARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Pampanga – Zara Rutherford, the 19-year-old Belgian who hopes to set a new round-the-world world record, touched down at Clark International Airport today, December 15, from Taipei.

The Clark stop was supposed to refuel before it made its way to Dumaguete town and Kota Kinabalu.

19-year-old Belgian pilot Zara Rutherford greets a Manila Bulletin correspondent upon landing at Clark Airport. (Exclusive photo by Shirley Matias Pizarro / Manila Bulletin)

But due to the increase in weather caused by Typhoon Odette, the young pilot had to adjust her plans at the last minute and decided to spend the night in a hotel in Clark.

Manila Bulletin interviewed her right outside the doors of the Clark Airport hangar where she parked her small plane.

Rutherford informed the Bulletin that she will decide when to leave for Dumaguete in the morning, based on the weather information she receives in the coming hours.

Rutherford is assisted by Angeles City Flying Club run by owner Tonet Rivera while she is in the Philippines.

PNP Air Safety Group led by Gen. Ysmael Yu and Air Safety Unit 3 led by Colonel Cesar Gerente provide security and policing assistance to the brave young pilot who has been flying solo for months now .

Rutherford left Belgium in mid-August.

She said she hoped to complete her trip to 57 countries and be back home by mid-January.


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