Zara Rutherford, 19, the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, arrived in South Korea on Saturday. But in order to land there, the Belgian-British teenager was helped by a “merciful” pilot from KLM over the Sea of Japan. This ensured that she could contact air traffic control after she was unable to establish contact with her radio.
Flight commander KLM 868, who was near Rutherford, sent her messages to air traffic controllers and helped them find the appropriate frequencies. “The pilot was very friendly and helpful,” Rutherford said on her Facebook page. She calls him the “Good Samaritan,” and would like to thank him again.
Rutherford began her world record attempt at Kortrijk in mid-August. From there, she flew her lightweight sport utility vehicle to Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the United States, and then to Colombia.
I’ve traveled north again along the American West Coast. From Alaska, Rutherford crossed into Russia and is now in South Korea. You want to go back to Belgium via Indonesia, India and the Middle East.
Rutherford alone, there is no satellite. The current Guinness World Records record is held by American Shaista Wise who was 30 when she completed her solo tour in 2017.