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Teen pilot completes global trek

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A teen has completed a solo flight around the world. (Source: KSWB/CNN) A teen has completed a solo flight around the world. (Source: KSWB/CNN)

EL CAJON, CA (KSWB/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.

The family members and fans gathered to see the youngest solo flier to complete the last leg of his epic journey around the world.

"It's just nice to be back and that's all I can say for now," Matt Guthmiller said.

His quiet demeanor stood in stark contrast to the dangerous feet that had been accomplished: a month and a half of flying and 29,000 miles with a single engine between himself and the ocean.

Other professional pilots say the last leg of the 16 hours over nothing but ocean is quite a risk.

"I give him a lot of credit for what he's done. And would I have done it a long time ago? Absolutely not,” said Rob Hembry, commercial pilot. “I mean, I fly over the water with three engines it's not enough so what he did was it was big."

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

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

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