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 - pinkfroot.com

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 - pinkfroot.com

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 planefinder.net

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 – pinkfroot.com 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 planefinder.net and the Plane Finder Apple and Android apps as he […]

BA 747 slices into building in Johannesburg

A British Airways 747-400 aircraft crashed into a building whilst taxiing at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport last night. Images taken by passengers on the 747, tail number G-BNLL, show that the wing had sliced through the second floor of a two story airport building. Four airport workers are reported to have been hurt in […]

Two 747s in near miss over Scotland

Two Boeing 747 jumbo jets were involved in an alarming near miss over Scotland earlier this year. The two aircraft, each with two pilots, were carrying up to a 1,000 passengers in total and were flying at the same flight level and on converging routes. According to a report released by the UK Airprox Board […]

Plane Finder Screenshot 23rd June 2013 12:55 UTC

Airbus predicts global aircraft fleets doubling by 2032 and announces new A330-300 model

Airbus is predicting that the number of commercial aircraft required around the world will double in the next 20 years. The revised forecasts were made at a London press briefing late on Tuesday and follows a similar upwardly revised forecast from Boeing. The additional demand will be driven by increased passenger journeys in emerging markets, […]

Shanghai Capital International routes - screenshot planefinder.net/route