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An RAF plane carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth sets a record for tracking flights

An RAF plane carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth sets a record for tracking flights

(CNN) – The plane carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin has broken records for the most tracked flight ever.

According to the flight tracker website Flytradar 24about five million people followed online as the deceased queen was flown from Edinburgh to London on September 13.

That number was derived from two sources – 4.79 million people who followed the flight on Flightradar24’s website and mobile app, as well as another 296,000 people who followed the plane on YouTube.

This breaks the previous record, which was achieved only last month during US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan. Her flight to Taipei About 2.9 million people.

The Royal Air Force plane carrying the Queen spent an hour and 12 minutes in flight. It landed at RAF Northolt, a military station about six miles from Heathrow Airport in Greater London.

From Northolt, the Queen’s coffin was taken to Buckingham Palace. On Wednesday, September 14, the coffin will be taken to Westminster Hall, Parliament, where the Queen will remain in the state until her funeral On Monday 19th September at Westminster Abbey.
Nancy Pelosi won’t attend though President Joe Biden And first lady Jill Biden will.

An RAF C-17 Globemaster flew Her Majesty’s coffin.

Andrew Matthews/Paul/AFP/Getty Images

Flightradar24 is one of the many increasingly popular aircraft tracking tools. The site started in Sweden in 2006 and became publicly available three years later.

Its first significant moment of mainstream attention came in 2010, when the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull outbreak Thousands of flights have been grounded and rerouted across Europe and North America.

Ian Pechenek, the website’s director of communications, told CNN Travel that the surge in traffic “was definitely our first foray into international events, and how displaying air traffic to an audience in real time can influence how people think about world news.”

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Prior to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the most popular flight search on Flightradar24 was opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s trip to Russia, where he would be imprisoned upon arrival in 2021.

Flightradar24 staff knew the Queen’s last flight was likely to be very popular. Their team tried to provide as much website stability as possible, but the massive influx of new users proved to be a technical challenge.

“This instant massive rise was well beyond what we were expecting,” Pechenek wrote in a blog post. “In all, we processed 76.2 million requests related to this flight alone – that’s any user action, such as clicking on the flight icon, clicking on aircraft information in the left box, or modifying settings,” he added.

This flight search history is expected to remain unchanged for an “extended period”.

During her seven-decade reign, Queen Elizabeth Travel around the worldand royal visits to places as far afield as Bermuda, Nepal, Ghana, Mexico, Pakistan, Australia and Russia.
One of her last notable appearances was in May of this year, when she attended Elizabeth Line Opening DayA new London Underground line is named in her honour.

Top photo: The Queen’s casket is met by casket bearers at RAF Northolt. Credit: Andrew Matthews/AP/Getty

CNN’s Jacobo Brisco contributed reporting.