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Finch follows Earhart's flight plan to Puerto Rico

April 1, 1997
Web posted at: 1:35 p.m. EDT (1335 GMT)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CNN) -- Aviator Linda Finch, on the first over-water leg of her around-the-world flight retracing the path of Amelia Earhart, landed in San Juan four hours behind schedule late Monday.

The Texas businesswoman's departure from Miami's Kendall-Tamiami Airport was delayed by the number of well-wishers who had gathered to see Finch off. Finch and navigator Bob Fodge plan to take off for Venezuela Tuesday.

Finch, flying a restored 1935 Lockheed Electra 10E -- the same model plane flown by Earhart on her doomed 1937 flight -- plans to drop a wreath into the water off Howland Island, where Earhart disappeared 22,000 miles into her flight.

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