CANBERRA, Australia- A cold and exhausted 65 -year-old Russian balloonist is coming to Earth safely in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new world evidence by flying solo of all the countries nonstop in 11 periods, an official said.
Fedor Konyukhov landed 160 kilometers( 100 miles) east of the cities of the Northam, where he started his outing on July 12, about three hours after he winged over it on his restore, flight coordinator John Wallington said.
“He’s landed, he’s safe, he’s phone, he’s happy, ” Wallington said from the platform locate. “It’s just amazing.”
“It’s fantastic the record’s busted, everyone’s safe. It’s all good, ” he added.
Konyukhov substantiated accuracy navigation of his 56 -meter( 184 -foot) -tall helium and hot-air balloon by returning to Australia instantly over the west coast metropolitan of Perth, then over the airfield at Northam, 96 kilometers( 60 miles) to the east by road.
American businessman Steve Fossett too started from Northam to set a record of 13 days and eight hours for his 33,000 -kilometer( 20,500 -mile) wander in 2002.
Konyukhov, a Russian Orthodox priest, took a longer route and roughly 11 dates and 6 hours to accomplish the circumnavigation.
Crews in six helicopters followed the 1.6 -metric-ton( 1.8 -ton) balloon from Northam inland to help him land.
His journey of more than 34,000 kilometers( 21,100 miles) took him through a thunder rain in the Antarctic Circle, where temperatures outside the gondola descended to minus-5 0 degrees Celsius( minus-5 8 Fahrenheit ).
The gondola heating stopped working on Thursday, so Konyukhov had to thaw his drinking water with theballoon’s primary hot air burner, Wallington said.
The journey also took him to quicken up to 240 kilometers( 150 miles) per hour and summits up to 10,614 meters( 34,823 hoofs) before he exhausted helium to foreclose the bag from repeatedly clambering as its fuel quantity lightened, his son Oscar Konyukhov said.
Fedor Konyukhov aimed to get four hours of sleep a daylight in naps of thirty or 40 instants between hours of the verification and maintaining equipment and instruments.
He spent the past 11 days in a carbon chest 2 meters( 6 paws, 7 inches) high, 2 meters( 6 hoofs, 7 inches) long and 1.8 meters( 5 hoofs, 11 inches) wide.
Konyukhov’s team had said that territory the balloon could be the most challenging and dangerous part of the journey.
Fossett, who was 58 at the time, was forced by strong gales to spend more than a daylight in the air after giving his own preserve as the first person to halo the globe in a balloon. His capsuled toppled along the soil for 15 instants after he landed on a cattle farm in southwest Queensland state. He emerged from the capsule with a bloodied mouth from piercing his lip during the bumpy disembark, but was otherwise unhurt.
The Swiss-based World Air Play Federation did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation of the new record.