Last night my daughter was flying back to Boston (her home), from Zurich, Switzerland.
I was watching 'flightaware.com', which offers flight altitude, speed, location, expected arrival time, and so forth.
I started watching it shortly after her plane took off (as per her communications with me). The flight path was a gentle, NORTHWARD, circular arch,
direct from Zurich to Boston.
However, the little "Green Plane" thingy (video game style) showed the plane going DUE SOUTH from the take-off point. The graph of speed and altitude
showed going down to about 2,000 feet, much slowed speed, and on the video map it looked like they had decided on (or been forced into) an emergency
landing and/or a back-and-forth 'scribble,' all of it after takeoff and FAR OFF COURSE of the flight path.
Naturally, as a parent, I was concerned that she get home safe, and had thought it was prudent to track her flight. What I saw, with the little green
plane going so far south as to reach the Mediterranean sea, at the border of Italy and France, slowing down, loosing altitude, and green "trail," was
baffling. Not at all long afterward, the graphs, charts, etc. showed they had turned back due NORTH and regained the flight path.
The arrival time and distance traveled/to go kept changing, too, with no apparent pattern.
Okay, so here's the thing. I just got off the phone with my daughter, now that she's safe and sound and back at home, and I asked her, "What the hell
was all that going to the Mediterranean, low alititude, slowing velocity.....what happened?"
"What are you talking about?"
According to her, there was no 'southern-bound, loss of altitude and speed occurrence during her flight. They did NOT stop anywhere, nor were they
told they were being re-routed due to weather or mechanical problems....
She said, "That never happened."
S0, guys, what do you think?
edit on 19-4-2013 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)