Flight paths

November 5, 2009 § Leave a comment


After a plane crashes, news infographics departments immediately turn to the Web for flight-path data to serve as the basis of a map or explainer graphic. There are a bunch of different sources for flight paths. I haven’t figured out which is the easiest to use or which provides the best information. But here are four examples of news maps made from four different flight-tracking sites.

Above: Map of US Airways flight that crashed in the Hudson


Data from FlightView http://www.flightview.com/


Above:  Wall Street Journal map of Northwest flight that overshot its destination in Minneapolis.


Data from Flightaware http://flightaware.com/


Above: New York Times map of same Minneapolis flight.


Data from Flightwise http://flightwise.com/

Above: Washington Post maps of Sept. 11 attacks.
Data from Flight Explorer http://www.flightexplorer.com/



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