Archive for : March, 2016

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The Hijacking of EgyptAir Flight 181

On 29 March, EgyptAir flight 181, operating from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and directed to fly to Larnaca, Cyprus. The flight was operated by SU-GCB, an Airbus A320 delivered in 2003. The flight departed Alexandria at 04:36 UTC, but did not enter the Flightradar24 coverage area until 05:05 UTC—after it had been hijacked and directed to Larnaca. (more…)

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Putting Ed Force One Back Together Again

On 12 March, while being moved to a refueling dock in Santiago, Ed Force One suffered substantial damage after it collided with the ground tug pulling it. The steering pin connecting the tug and Ed Force One became dislodged and when the tug tried to turn the aircraft, the aircraft impacted the tug, injuring the two ground personnel operating the tug and damaging the 747’s two port-side engines. (more…)

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Flightradar24 Data for FlyDubai Flight 981

On 19 March, FlyDubai flight 981, operating from Dubai, UAE, to Rostov-on-Don, Russia crashed after initiating a go-around at Rostov-on-Don Airport. None of the 55 passengers and 7 crew members aboard the flight survived the crash. The flight was operated by a Boeing 737-800 with registration A6-FDN, delivered to FlyDubai in January 2011. (more…)

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Introducing the New Flightradar24

We’re excited to announce the release of the new Flightradar24! For many months we’ve been hard at work on new features and an updated interface. In addition to a new look, we’re also launching new subscription plans and a brand new 3D view. We’ll walk through some of the new features below and the ways you can take advantage of all the new site has to offer with our new Silver, Gold, and Business subscription plans. To ensure you’re choosing the plan that’s right for you, we offer a 7-day free trial for all our subscription plans. (more…)

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Important Information about the New Flightradar24 for Existing Premium Subscribers

With the launch of the new Flightradar24, we want to take a few moments to thank you for your support. Whether you’ve purchased a Premium subscription or you’re sharing data with the Flightradar24 network, thank you! We’ve worked hard to make the new Flightradar24 an amazing experience for our users and we think you’re really going to like what you see. We’ve improved the design of the site and added even more flight and aircraft information. We’re also introducing new Premium subscription plans to give you even more flight tracking options. (more…)

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How to Draw a Plane with a Plane

D-EFHN, the Robin DR400/180 Régent responsible for today's portrait.

D-EFHN, the Robin DR400/180 Régent responsible for today’s portrait.

Not every flight is about getting from point A to B. Some flights are about the journey—or in this case, about the image. The pilot of D-EFHN took to the sky to draw a portrait of an airplane. Pilots have previously drawn interesting patterns in the sky, Flower Guy for instance, but this is the first time we’ve seen a plane draw a plane. (more…)

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Searching for MH370—Two Years Later

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Two years ago today, while conducting flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, 9M-MRO—a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER—disappeared. We tracked the flight from take off at 00:41 local time (16:41 UTC) to cruising altitude at 35,000 feet. Our last contact with MH370 occurred at 1:21 local (17:21 UTC) approximately 140 km northeast of Kuala Terengganu. (more…)

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A Week in the Life of Three Types of Airplanes

Airline operations staff spend a lot of time making sure they are getting the most out of their aircraft. That means using the right aircraft on the right route. For some airlines, like Southwwest or easyJet, that problem is solved by having one type of airplane and a route network that fits the aircraft’s performance. For others, like United Airlines or Qantas, it means having multiple types of aircraft for different missions. (more…)

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New Flightradar24 Receivers Activated in February 2016

We activated over 200 new receivers in February, expanding coverage in China, Australia, Russia, and the United States. Our newly activated receivers also helped expand our MLAT coverage in the US, UK, South Africa, and Japan. (more…)

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Planespotting in St Maarten Just Got Even Better

Planespotting at Princess Juliana Airport in Sint Maarten, known to aviation enthusiasts around the world for its spectacular low approach over Maho Beach, just got even better. Our friends at PTZtv recently launched a high-definition webcam located at the Sunset Bar and Grill right next to the runway. In addition to HD streaming video, this camera includes live audio as well as the ability to listen to live air traffic control audio. (more…)