Setback for microlight record

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A RECORD-breaking attempt to fly a microlight aircraft around the world in 80 days has suffered a setback.

Engine failure over the Arabian desert has put the British bid to break the world record three days behind schedule. Last night Brian Milton and his co-pilot Keith Reynolds were back in the cockpit making their way across India and were confident they could make up time and break the record for the 23,301-mile journey.

Their microlight Global Flyer hit problems when its engine over-heated, forcing the crew down in Saudi Arabia, around 200 miles from Kuwait City.