- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - In a story April 18 about U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce’s flight around the world, The Associated Press reported erroneously where his flight originated. He left from Las Vegas, Nevada, not Las Vegas, New Mexico. The story should have also made clear that Pearce suspended his flight April 11 and has returned to the U.S.

A corrected version of the story is below:

New Mexico congressman honors vets with solo world flight

A New Mexico Republican congressman is attempting a solo flight around the world to honor war veterans

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico Republican congressman is attempting a solo flight around the world to honor war veterans.

The Hobbs News-Sun Newspaper reports (https://goo.gl/eGL9fZ) that U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has nearly completed a worldwide expedition. He returned to the U.S. from Spain April 11 after he was forced to land due to the weather.

The 68-year-old began the planned 16-day trip on March 27, departing in his 1998 Mooney M20M Bravo from Las Vegas, Nevada.

The original 21-leg flight plan had Pearce flying West to Hawaii through Asia on to the Arabian Peninsula then to Spain, Portugal, and eventually back to the U.S.

In Thailand, he left a memorial for veterans made by the Isleta Pueblo, one of 19 American Indian pueblos in New Mexico.


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