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MIT student arrives in isles on flight around the world

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:58 p.m. HST, Jul 12, 2014

Matt Guthmiller, a 19-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology student, arrived in Honolulu Saturday on his quest to become the youngest person to fly solo around the globe.

The South Dakota teenager was supposed to reach Hawaii a few days ago but was delayed at Pago Pago, American Samoa, due to bad weather. He arrived in Hilo early Saturday morning and flew to Oahu in the afternoon.

Guthmiller, who is raising money for, a nonprofit that promotes computer education, is flying a 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza on a 29,000-mile journey across five continents.

He began his journey in El Cajon, Calif., May 31, and is expected to take off for El Cajon Sunday or Monday.

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