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Adventurer flies around the world in gyrocopter

Bubbling with excitement: James Ketchell celebrates after his record-breaking round-the-world flight

ADVENTURER James Ketchell raised a glass after becoming the first person to fly solo around the world in an open-cockpit gyrocopter.

The UK scouting ambassador, 37, completed his 24,000-nautical mile journey after setting off from Popham Airfield in Hampshire on March 31.

Touchdown: Mr Ketchell lands in Popham after setting off 175 days earlier PICTURES: PA

But the 175-day journey in the Magni M16C gyrocopter could have ended as he flew over Canada. ‘I was almost struck by lightning and had to attempt an emergency landing on the road,’ he said.

After arriving back in Hampshire yesterday, Mr Ketchell, from Basingstoke, said: ‘It’s quite overwhelming, it’s magical. The wildlife has been incredible.

‘I have seen many amazing sights over the last six months. Probably one of the best is flying into Popham.’