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Round-the-World Pilots Reach Japan

May 3, 1998

TOKYO (AP) _ Two British pilots landed their microlight plane in Japan Sunday on their attempt to circle the globe in 80 days and duplicate the feat of the fictitious Phileas Fogg.

Brian Milton, a 55-year-old free-lance journalist, and Keith Reynolds, 45, arrived in Fukuoka from South Korea’s Cheju Island, said Hiromi Inaba, a Transport Ministry spokeswoman.

She said the two originally had planned to arrive in Fukuoka on May 1 from France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Laos, Vietnam, China and South Korea.

Milton and Reynolds were behind schedule because of engine trouble in Saudi Arabia and delays by Chinese authorities in approving their flight plan, the South China Morning Post reported after the pilots arrived April 26 in Hong Kong.

From Fukuoka, 562 miles southwest of Tokyo, the two flew later Sunday to Okayama, 342 miles west of the capital, Inaba said.

She said the pair would decide Monday on the next leg of their trip.

The two might stop in Tottori, Niigata, Hakodate, Asahikawa and Monbetsu _ airports along the Sea of Japan and on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido _ before leaving Japan for Russia, she said.

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