South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

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Young American pilot Matt Guthmiller, from Aberdeen, S.D., waves from his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 plane after landing at the Manila International Airport Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Guthmiller, 17, is attempting a Guinness World Record to be the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world. He has eight more legs to complete his feat with Darwin, Australia as his next stop. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
I spent about 18 of the last 23 hours I was awake yesterday flying a plane.
Off to Athens http://t.co/tpJyL6rjXE
Young American pilot Matt Guthmiller, from Aberdeen, S.D. waves from his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 plane after landing at the Manila International Airport Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Guthmiller, 17, is attempting to be the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world. He has eight more legs to complete his feat with Darwin, Australia as his next stop. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Young American pilot Matt Guthmiller, from Aberdeen, S.D. steers his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 plane after landing at the Manila International Airport Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Guthmiller, 17, is attempting to be the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world. He has eight more legs to complete his feat with Darwin, Australia as his next stop. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Young American pilot Matt Guthmiller, from Aberdeen, S.D. flashes a thumbs-up sign from his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 plane after landing at the Manila International Airport Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Guthmiller, 17, is attempting to be the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world. He has eight more legs to complete his feat with Darwin, Australia as his next stop. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Young American pilot Matt Guthmiller, from Aberdeen, S.D. smiles from the cockpit of his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 plane after landing at the Manila International Airport Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Guthmiller, 17, is attempting to be the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world. He has eight more legs to complete his feat with Darwin, Australia as his next stop. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Young American pilot Matt Guthmiller, from Aberdeen, S.D. waves from his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 plane after landing at the Manila International Airport Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Guthmiller, 17, is attempting to be the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world. He has eight more legs to complete his feat with Darwin, Australia as his next stop. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Young American pilot Matt Guthmiller, from Aberdeen, S.D. is welcomed by Dawnee Acelajado after landing at the Manila International Airport on his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 plane Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Guthmiller, 17, is attempting to be the youngest pilot not fly solo around the world. He has eight more legs to complete his feat with Darwin, Australia as his next stop. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Got a nice view of the pyramids on the way in today http://t.co/zg9kUciJph
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SAN DIEGO (AP) - A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Nineteen-year-old Matt Guthmiller completed the more than 29,000-mile journey in a single-engine airplane Monday night when he touched down at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California.

Guthmiller's flight began May 31. His final, 16-hour leg took him from Honolulu, Hawaii, over the Pacific Ocean to El Cajon.

The Aberdeen, South Dakota, native was greeted by reporters and his mother in El Cajon. He says "it's great to be back."

The previous record was set by Australian Ryan Campbell who was 19 years, seven months and 25 days old when he completed the circumnavigation last year. Guthmiller will be that age on July 24.

Guinness World Records didn't immediately respond to a message early Tuesday.

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