Indian Pilot Becomes 1st Woman to Fly Solo Over Atlantic


In a moment of pride for the nation, Captain Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year old pilot from Mumbai became the world’s first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in a light sport aircraft (LSA).

She achieved the feat after flying from Wick in the UK  to the Iqaluit Airport in Canada on 13th May. The journey was divided into five parts, which included stops at Iceland and Greenland. Additionally, Pandit also became the first woman to have successfully completed a solo flight journey across Greenland Ice cap in an LSA. Aarohi is flying around the globe as part of the WE, Women Empower Expedition: the first all-female team to circumnavigate the world in an LSA.

Pandit, a commercial pilot and LSA licence holder left India on the Women Empower (WE) Expedition in the tiny aircraft named ‘Mahi’ along with her friend Keithair Misquitta.

In its official statement the WE Expedition handle on Twitter commented.

Interestingly, Aarohi also set a world record for flying across the second largest ice sheet on the planet.

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