Project description

A Lion Air flight with 189 people on board crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, on October 29. Within 24 hours, the Reuters graphics desk pieced together flight tracking data to publish an in-depth, visual explanation of exactly what happened.

What makes this project innovative?

Rather than simply mapping the route of the crashed aircraft, we worked on a wide range of important visualisations. Reporting, producing, and checking such a varied array of visualisations within 24 hours is a difficult task. One graphic visualised the plane's history which was a unique way of using flight track data. This aircraft was very new, only entering service a few months ago.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

The project was the most in-depth look at the tragedy as news was still unfolding. It was shared widely on social media and used by other news organisations.

Source and methodology

Flight tracking data came from Flightradar24 and accident data from Boeing. This was visualised in various ways and plotted using GIS mapping software. While working with the data, the team also spoke to various bureaus and experts, gathered multimedia content, and created vector illustrations.

Technologies Used

Javascript, R, GQIS, Adobe creative suite.

Project members

Weiyi Cai, Christian Inton, Simon Scarr, Gurman Bhatia



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