The last flight of Queen isabel II on Tuesday has become the most tracked in history, according to an online service that compiles such data.
Flightradar24 said the Royal Air Force flight carrying the late monarch’s body from Edinburgh, Scotland, to RAF Northolt near London ahead of Monday’s state funeral was tracked by 5 million people through its web and internet services. mobile apps.
Final flight of Queen Elizabeth II sets all-time flight tracking record.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) September 13, 2022
Flightradar24 revealed that interest in the flight, which lasted around 70 minutes, put an “unprecedented strain” on its platform, causing problems for some of those watching the progress of the Boeing C17-A Globemaster III plane as it headed to London. 32o miles south.
Those who followed the flight made a staggering 76.2 million requests on the site, described by Flightradar24 as “any action by a user, such as clicking the flight icon, clicking aircraft information on the left side box or adjust settings.”
In a publication Of the record-breaking flight, Flightradar24 said: “We were expecting a huge influx of users, but this immediate and massive increase was beyond what we had anticipated. Approximately 600,000 users were able to successfully track the flight before performance degraded.
“As site stability suffered, we implemented additional measures to ensure that Flightradar24 remained accessible to as many users as possible, and that users unable to access the site could continue to follow the flight via live streaming. [en YouTube]».
He added: “Despite our platform suffering under such a heavy load, Queen Elizabeth II’s final flight from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt is by far the most tracked flight of all time on Flightradar24 and will likely remain at the top.” for a long time”.
Queen Elizabeth II died in Balmoral, Scotland, on September 8 after 70 years on the throne. The passing of the nation’s longest-serving monarch has dominated headlines in the UK, and with so much interest attached to related events such as the proclamation of King Charles III and preparations for the queen’s funeral, it is perhaps not surprising that so much people were curious about Tuesday’s flight.
Flightradar24’s previous tracking record was recently set by the plane that transported US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei for her controversial trip to Taiwan, with around 2.2 million people on board. they visited Flightradar24 to follow the plane while it was in the air.
Flightradar24 was created in 2006 by two Swedish aviation enthusiasts. The cross-platform service now tracks around 200,000 flights a day and has several million daily users, comprising everyone from serious aviation fans to those checking on a loved one’s flight.