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/