Vorderman in first televised solo plane flight

Carol Vorderman pictured with the light aircraft she flew today. Credit: ITV

TV host Carol Vorderman piloted a plane solo for the first time today - and achieved a broadcasting first.

The Loose Women star is training for her pilot's licence with a view to flying around the world single-handed to follow the intended flightpath of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

She notched up her first solo flight after taking off from Gloucestershire Airport, near Staverton, witnessed by viewers of ITV's This Morning. It was said to be the first time a solo debut had been broadcast live on TV.

Viewers heard her scream with excitement as she landed successfully.

Her trip, during which she climbed to 1,000 feet, was monitored by a helicopter which was shadowing her overhead and filming her progress.