After brief layover in Tulsa, solar plane heading to Ohio

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A solar-powered airplane that landed in Oklahoma last week amid its around-the-world journey plans to continue its voyage to Ohio.

Project officials for the Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 say the craft will leave Tulsa International Airport at about 4 a.m. Saturday. From Tulsa, organizers say the plane will make an 18-hour flight to Dayton International Airport.

The plane landed in Tulsa on May 12. Its globe-circling voyage began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan.

The plane is eventually expected to cross the Atlantic Ocean to Europe or northern Africa, according to the website documenting the journey.

The solar project began in 2002 to highlight the importance of renewable energy and the spirit of innovation.