JetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1435 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2109 times:
I had noticed some different movements out in the pacific today espec Hnl. Then i noticed on flight aware what maybe longitude and latitude as the origin, Does anyone have any info on this.http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NWA71
Any help would be appreciated,
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1704 times:
There was a HUGE swath of territory west of the Hawaiian islands designated by the U.S. Navy as a "No Fly Zone", as a missle was fired to shoot down a damaged satellite with potentially dangerous fuel. The missle found its target, destroyed the satellite at a safe altitude (vaporizing all of it), and deemed a success.
All aircraft were warned well in advance to avoid the area. This might have resulted in some "odd" routings as civil aviation used other routes.
As for the flight in question, DTW-NGO is nowhere near the Hawaiian islands - the direct route is over central Alaska and eastern Siberia. However, with the jet stream doing its usual winter thing AND the no-fly route, it is possible that in taking an unusual route, flightaware couldn't figure out what was going on.
Just my guess.
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