Flightradar app goes viral as Ukraine crash spawns planespotters

The downing of MH17 over Ukraine has thrust a plane-tracking application into the limelight as more people study global flight paths that previously only drew aviation enthusiasts.

22nd July, 2014
The company relies on a network of more than 4,000 receivers, a contraption the shape a small box that can be positioned on an house roof to transmit data

The downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17 over Ukraine has thrust a plane-tracking application into the limelight as more people study global flight paths that previously only drew aviation enthusiasts and professionals.

The Flightradar24 app, which comes for free or as a paid service with more content, tops the charts of Apple app store in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, the country that lost the most people in the crash. A 50-fold traffic increase to...

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