Google Earth Blog
Back in July, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landed on final approach to San Francisco International Airport. While three were killed in the crash, the other 304 passengers thankfully survived. The folks at Flightradar24 have taken the data from the plane’s transponder and analyzed the final 2-1/2 minutes of data from it.
In their words:
We have analyzed the last 150 seconds of data from flight #OZ214. It looks like the ADS-B transponder continued to transmit data for about 10 seconds after the first impact. You can also see that the altitude increased after the first impact, when the aircraft bounced up in the air. The ground speed in the last seconds of the flight was only 112 knots.
Updpate: Sent in by a GEB reader, you can also download this KMZ file that adds the “ideal flight path” to the file and tweaked the track so that viewers can ‘fly’ along both flight paths using the Touring feature of Google Earth.
The city of Charlottesville, Virginia has plans for a major redevelopment of 330 acres. While the plans are still in progress, Brian Wheeler took advantages of Google Earth to add some great context to his recent story about the plans. He simply took the proposed plans and created an image overlay of them in Google Earth, as seen here:
You can download a copy of his KMZ file here to see it for yourself. As for his reasons why he chose to use Google Earth to help show the plans?
Whenever I see someone looking at the Strategic Investment Area map when it’s projected, they ask where exactly that is in Charlottesville. Google Earth to the rescue! Even works great on my tablet using the Google Earth app.
Be sure to check out his full article on the Charlottesville Tomorrow site to learn more. Great work, Brian!
(via +Brian Wheeler)