Flight paths

November 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

Flightview

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

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/01/15/nyregion/20090115-plane-crash-970.html

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

Flightaware

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

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125623517851801783.html

Data from Flightaware http://flightaware.com/

Flightwise

Above: New York Times map of same Minneapolis flight.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/us/24plane.html

Data from Flightwise http://flightwise.com/

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

 


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