- A group of four female cockpit crew members made history as they completed a 17-hour-long journey on Monday
- The flight covered an incredible distance of more than 13,840 kilometres
- It is also the first from South India to have connected directly to the United States
It was a proud moment for India and women in general as an all-female pilot crew completed the longest non-stop commercial flight ever by an Indian airline.
The group of four cockpit crew members made history as they completed a 17-hour-long journey on Monday, January 11, on the Air India flight 176, a Boeing 777.
According to CNN, the plane departed from San Francisco and arrived in Bengaluru, Southern India, early Monday after covering a distance of more than 13,840 kilometres.
The flight is also the first from South India to have connected directly to the United States of America.
The airline's Twitter account shared the joy with fans congratulating the team for a job well done and making the airline proud. The tweet read:
"Welcome Home, Capt Zoya Agarwal, Capt Papagiri Thanmei, Capt Akanksha & Capt Shivani after completing a landmark journey. Kudos for making Air India proud. We also congratulate the passengers of AI176 for being part of this historic moment."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported how a 15-year old girl became the youngest Nigerian female to pilot plane cross country.
Kimberly, whose parents are Nigerians broke the US record when she flew a single-engine Cessna cross-country from her hometown in California to Newport Virginia, which took 13 days.
She learned to fly at age of 12 through the Compton-based Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, which offers aviation lessons in an after-school program for disadvantaged youths, P.M News reported.
The brave teenager came up with the idea on her own using the museum's plane for her cross-country trip.
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