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Partial flight path of PS752. The last ADS-B data is where the aircraft was first struck by a missile.
The downing of PS752—one year later

One year ago today, Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 carrying 167 passengers and 9 crew was shot down by the Iranian military shortly after departing Tehran. Our thoughts today are with the victims and their families.
Qatar Airways flights over Saudi Arabian airspace
Saudi Arabia ends Qatar blockade

A three year blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia officially ended this week as Qatar Airways flights began using Saudi airspace again for the first time since June 2017. During the blockade, rerouted flight paths added up to 4 hours to some Qatar Airways flights.
See what the end of the blockade means for Qatar Airways
Chart showing total and commercial flights from January 2019 through December 2020
Commercial flights down 42% in 2020 

Commercial flight traffic fell 42% in 2020. After the dramatic decline in flights in March, traffic recovered through July to roughly where we are now.
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A British Airways A350 departing London’s Heathrow Airport past the air traffic control tower
London goes quiet—how flights from the city have been impacted by renewed restrictions

The announcement of a more transmissible strain of the coronavirus in the UK just before Christmas was met with renewed travel restrictions for flights from the UK. We look at the effects on flights from London in late December.
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Undelivered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in storage in Seattle
Boeing - US justice department enter deferred prosecution agreement on 737 MAX fraud charges

Boeing and the US Department of Justice have reached a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve a charge of criminal fraud related to the design and certification of the 737 MAX. Boeing will pay a total of $2.5 billion as part of the settlement, divided between a criminal penalty, damages to airline customers, and payments to victims’ families from the crashes of Lion Air 610 and Ethiopian 302.
Read the DOJ statement
Read the Boeing statement
UPS Airlines 747-400 and 747-8 side by side in Cologne
A UPS Airlines 747-400 and 747-8 sit side-by-side in Cologne.
WestJet’s Disney’s Frozen special livery 737 departing Kelowna.
WestJet’s special Frozen livery 737 climbing out of Kelowna.
KLM’s 100th anniversary special livery 787 landing in Willemstad.
KLM’s special 100th anniversary livery 787 landing in Willemstad.
Visibility settings panel in the Flightradar24 app
Adjust data sources and visibility settings in the app

Whether you want to hide ground vehicles, see only space-based ADS-B, or adjust the length of estimations, we take you through the visibility tab in the Flightradar24 for a quick tutorial.
Watch the tutorial
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