The global air traffic network may be more vulnerable to natural disasters than you realize.
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This is what happens when you take pictures of all the planes that take off from Los Angeles International Airport each day and smush them together into one image.
It was a spontaneous project. “I was down at the airport a week ago with a friend of mine watching planes take off and land, and thinking it would be really cool if I could get all of the planes into one picture,” Kelley says. “Then on Sunday I woke up and it was unbelievably clear. If you’ve ever been to LA, to be able to see as far as you can is a once-in-a-year kind of thing.”
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the 84th plane to go mysteriously missing since 1948. - A new visualization maps out this history of lost flights.
“The intense interest in the ongoing mystery surrounding Flight 370
notwithstanding, the many organizations and corporations developing safety tools for passenger jets are doing their job: 2013 had one of the lowest rates of commercial aviation incidents in history.”
The F.A.A. has acted in the wake of yesterday’s emergency landing by an ANA Dreamliner in Japan, and grounded all U.S.-registered 787 aircraft. The no-fly edict, which supersedes last week’s review, following the Boston undercarriage fire, will remain in place until Boeing can guarantee the safety of the plane’s Lithium-Ion batteries. The F.A.A.’s move is a blow for Boeing, whose share price closed 3% lower on Wall Street yesterday.
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