Teen pilot completes solo flight around the world

EL CAJON, CA (CNN) -- A 19-year-old pilot may have just flown himself into the record books. MIT freshman Matt Guthmiller completed his Guinness World Record attempt to become the youngest person to fly solo around the world. He finished his journey in San Diego County Monday night.

The world conqueror roared into the hangar as the crowd welcomed a very tired Guthmiller. The family members and fans gathered to see the youngest solo flier to complete the last leg of his epic journey around the world. He said, "It's just nice to be back and that's all I can say for now."

Matt's quiet demeanor stood in stark contrast to the dangerous feat that had been accomplished. Over 29,000 miles and a month and a half of flying with a single engine between himself and the ocean.

But other professional pilots say the last leg of the 16 hours over nothing but ocean is quite a risk. Commercial pilot Rob Hembry said, "I give him a lot of credit for what he's done. And would I have done it a long time ago? Absolutely not. I mean, I fly over the water with three engines it's not enough so what he did was -- it was big."

His mom Shirley said, "I'm very proud of him but he's done a lot of things that I'm proud of."

No word from Guinness yet on whether Guthmiller is the new record holder.


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