Flight tracking website crashes as 6 million try to track progress of Queen’s latest flight from Scotland to London
- The Queen was flown back to London on an RAF C-17A Globemaster III
- Nearly six million people tried to log on to FlightRadar24 as it left Edinburgh
- When the website recovered, around 350,000 people watched the plane
- He landed at RAF Northolt before the coffin was taken to Buckingham Palace
Popular aircraft tracking service FlightRadar24 crashed under the weight of the six million people who tried to log on to the service when the late Queen was brought to London from Scotland.
As the RAF’s C-17 transport plane prepared to taxi to the runway, millions of people around the world tried to follow the jet online.
Moments later, the website, which tracks thousands of planes a day around the world, crashed.
Popular aircraft tracking website FlightRadar24 crashed as the body of the late Queen was ferried out of Edinburgh Airport in an RAF Boeing C-17, pictured
The flight carrying the Queen’s remains from Edinburgh to London was the number 1 aircraft tracked by the FlightRadar24 website
The service confirmed that nearly six million people had tried to log on to the site to follow the plane in the minutes before it left Edinburgh.
Followers quickly noticed that the screen, which normally updates the aircraft’s location several times per second, had frozen.
The service had a fallback stream on its YouTube page, but users were soon able to log back into the site.
In a tweet, FlightRadar24 confirmed: “In the moments leading up to takeoff, nearly six million people attempted to follow the flight, causing disruption to our platform. We are currently working to ensure the stability of our platform. »
Another tweet confirmed: ‘600k able to follow. Six million attempts in total (that’s what brought the site down).
Flight KRF01R was the most watched flight in the world on Flightradar24 when the website retrieved, with more than 350,000 people watching the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III as it moved south across the UK, after leaving Edinburgh at 5.42pm on Tuesday.
Commenting later on Blog FR24 , Ian Petchenik wrote: ‘The Royal Air Force flight carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt near London has set a flight tracking record on Flightradar24 with 5 million people following it. 4.79 million people viewed the flight on the Flightradar24 web and mobile app services and another 296,000 watched the flight via YouTube live.
“Within the first minute of the plane’s transponder being activated, 6 million people tried to click on the flight carrying the Queen. This put unprecedented pressure on the Flightradar24 platform, far beyond even what we experienced when the US Speaker of the House flew to Taiwan and 2.2 million people followed the flight. .
Mr Petchenik said before the flight that the team had put in place “a number of traffic-calming measures” to cope with the anticipated demand.
However, after the first 600,000 people successfully logged in, website performance degraded.
He said: “In total, we handled 76.2 million requests related to this flight alone, meaning any user action, such as clicking the flight icon, clicking information of the aircraft in the box on the left or adjust the parameters.
“Even though our platform has taken such a load, Queen Elizabeth II’s last flight from Edinburgh to RAF Northolt is by far the most watched flight of all time on Flightradar24 and is likely to remain at the top for a long time to come.”