- 20 students contributed in making the aircraft, all of them were from different backgrounds.
- This plane landed in Namibia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Uganda even before arriving in Egypt
- 17-year-old pilot Megan said – I'm feeling honored to be different
Jul 13, 2019, 08:19 AM IST
Cape Town. A group of youths in South Africa made aircrafts in the house and blew it from Cape Town to Cairo in Egypt. Four seater planes were created by a team of 20 youths. Those who blow it up included four of its creators. Teenagers took three weeks to complete the journey of about 12 thousand kilometers. During this time they took stops in Namibia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Uganda.
Message wanted to give to Africa
The main pilot of the aircraft was Megan Werner, 17. After successfully flying the flight to Cairo, he said that he is proud of the achievement of blowing aircraft from one continent to another. According to Megan, they want to tell Africa from this project that if you decide, then everything is possible.
Plane built by assembling thousands of parts in three weeks
The youth prepared the plane by assembling the thousands of spare parts in just three weeks. Its parts were taken from the South African company Airplane Factory. According to Megan's father Des Werner, who is himself a commercial pilot, a good team takes up to 3000 hours to build a sling-4 (Basic Aircraft).
According to Megan, finding this amazing feat was not easy for him. Especially when his aircraft professional company did not make it. During travel, Ethiopia did not get any fuel for the aircraft. When the plane was flying over Sudan, we were afraid of civil war in the country. Despite this we completed the journey.
Six teenagers, including the megans of the group building group, had a basic pilot license. Because of this, it was permissible to go to such a height, from which the land continued to look all the time. According to Megan, there was a time when Dryan van den Hever had to fly with him for 10 hours continuously.
Near the Egyptian airspace, the airline's avionics system was damaged. So they had to land an emergency landing at Abu Simbel Domestic Airport. Megan said that the officers wanted to arrest them when they landed in Egypt. They all got passports and licenses, but after four hours all was well and the aircraft was allowed to go to Cairo along with fuel.