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South Dakota Teen Finishes Flight Around the World

Updated: 07/15/2014 10:42 AM
Created: 07/15/2014 10:40 AM WDIO.com

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Nineteen-year-old Matt Guthmiller completed the more than 29,000-mile journey in a single-engine airplane Monday night when he touched down at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California.

Guthmiller's flight began May 31. His final, 16-hour leg took him from Honolulu, Hawaii, over the Pacific Ocean to El Cajon.

The Aberdeen, South Dakota, native was greeted by reporters and his mother in El Cajon. He says "it's great to be back."

The previous record was set by Australian Ryan Campbell who was 19 years, seven months and 25 days old when he completed the circumnavigation last year. Guthmiller will be that age on July 24.

Guinness World Records didn't immediately respond to a message early Tuesday.

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Pilot Matt Guthmiller, from Aberdeen, S.D. smiles from the cockpit of his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 plane after landing at the Manila International Airport July 1 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines.
AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

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