TransAsia Airways plane crashes in Taiwan

A TransAsia Airways aircraft has crashed and burst into flames whilst making an emergency landing in Taiwan. Local media are reporting 47 deaths with 11 others seriously injured by the crash and fire. Flight GE222 (callsign TNA222) took off from Kaohsiung Siaogang Airport (KHH), Taiwan sat 17:43 (scheduled departure 17:00) local time and was originally […]

MH17 downed over Ukraine

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was downed yesterday over Ukraine with the loss of all 295 passengers and crew. News media report that Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, registration number 9M-MRD, was shot down by a surface to air missile. 9M-MRD Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777-200ER. Photo © Henk Jansen – The Boeing 777-200ER aircraft is the same […]

Virgin Australia plane reports hijack attempt en route to Bali

Virgin Australia flight VA41 has  reportedly been hijacked on route to Bali. The Boeing 737-800, registration number VH-YIF, has recently landed at Bali Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS). The aircraft had sent off from Brisbane International Airport at 01:00 UTC and was scheduled to fly to Bali. We tracked the flight here on Plane Finder.Playback of […]

VA41 VH-YIF Arriving in Bali

What is ACARS?

It has been over a week since Malaysian Airlines flight 370 went missing and we have still not located the aircraft. There has been a lot of talk in the press about “ACARS” and that this was turned off and that the 01:37 transmission was never received. So what actually is this, what does it […]

The cockpit of an Airfrance A380 showing the crew keyboards - photo © Simon Lochery -

Malaysian Boeing 777 missing presumed crashed

Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has gone missing between Malaysia and Vietnam. The Boeing 777-200ER aircraft left Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) at 00:40 local time (16:40 GMT 7 March) and was bound for Capital International Airport (PEK) in Beijing, China. The aircraft was expected to land in Beigjing at 06:30 local time (20:30 GMT). The […]

Boeing 777-200ER 9M-MRO. Photo © Martyn Wheatley -

Heathrow runway closed after British Airways A319 spits fire

A British Airways Airbus A319 was forced to return to Heathrow Airport last night after flames were seen spitting from an engine shortly after takeoff. The emergency landing forced the closure of the airport’s southern run for 16 minutes. The flight had departed London Heathrow Airport (LHR) just before 20:55 local time and had been […]

Flight BAW364 Airbus A319 returns to LHR - screenshot

Etihad flight in serious incident caused by wasps

An Etihad Airbus A330-200 departing Brisbane for Singapore was forced to make an emergency landing after wasps nested in a vital system. The incident involving Etihad Flight EY437 on 21 November 2013 was recorded by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as a serious incident. E6-EYJ involved © Haydn Greenow – The ATSB preliminary […]


Jetstar pilot wins fight for breaks

Jetstar pilot Rich Greenslade today won a tribunal case to have a break between shifts. The Airbus A320 pilot, based out of Christchurch New Zealand, argued against Jetstar at an Employment Court stating that the airline was in breach of its obligations in not allowing pilots any time for a break during an aircraft turnaround. […]

Ethiopian plane hijacked by co-pilot

An Ethiopian Airlines aircraft flying from Addis Ababa to Rome was hijacked by the co-pilot and and taken to Geneva according to Swiss police. The hijacker, who was arrested in Geneva whilst claiming asylum, waited for the pilot to go to the toilet and then locked himself in the cockpit as the aircraft flew over […]

Santa takes to the skies

Plane Finder is tracking Santa! Santa’s sleigh is equipped with the very latest NextGen ADS-B tracker technology. This means that children, young and old, can once again track Santa live as he delivers presents across the globe. We are already tracking Santa here on and the Plane Finder Apple and Android apps as he […]