Solar-Powered Airplane's Flight to New York City Postponed

Image: Handout photo of Solar Impulse 2 piloted by Bertrand Piccard rising from the tarmac in Kalaeloa, Hawaii
Solar Impulse 2 piloted by Bertrand Piccard rises from the tarmac at Kalaeloa Airport at it resumes the round the world flight that had been delayed because of weather and battery trouble in Kalaeloa, Hawaii, on April 21, 2016.JEAN REVILLARD / REZO / Reuters

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By Associated Press

The latest leg of a solar-powered airplane's around-the-world journey has been postponed due to weather conditions.

The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 was scheduled to take off from Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown and head to New York City around midnight Monday, but project officials announced around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday that the flight had been postponed because of showers and thunderstorms moving through the area.

The plane was scheduled to fly over the Statue of Liberty before landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport, its last stop in the United States before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. It wasn't immediately clear when the flight would take place.

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The plane has been in Allentown since May 25.

The voyage began March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.