posted on Apr, 9 2015 @ 02:38 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
I guess I owe you an apology. I should have done more research and I shouldn't have called you out like that.
I apologize.....to you, and also for pushing "erroneous" information.
FlightAware didn't change anything. They refined using other data. FlightAware, if you look closely doesn't have the ADS-B coverage of Europe as other
sites do. That means they use estimated positions for some parts of the flight, based on flight plans.
They later went back and refined the data using multiple sources, and showed the correct information.
What they did is they changed the straight line that they used to draw between the two last known locations of a flight, they now draw a curved line
to compensate for the earth being a sphere and the fact that maps give a distorted view of geographical reality.
It is still only a line of the shortest distance between the two points, not straight but "geographically correct".
Because they used to draw a straight line they orignally showed the ten prior MH 17 flights going below the warzone. Apparently they changed all their
archived data and made some more changes a week after MH17.
edit on 9-4-2015 by YouAreReadingThis because: (no reason given)