With all the recent news reports about the missing Flight 370, I wondered what other airplanes have disappeared without a trace ... and I used SAS to visualize that data!
There was in interesting infographic on the Bloomberg website that sort of answered my question, but their map just had dots on it, with no hover-text or drilldowns to find out more info about each missing plane. It basically just showed the geographical distribution of lost flights.
I found a great website maintained by the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) that had the data I was looking for – they list all aircraft (certified to carry 14+ passengers, and corporate jets) that have disappeared without a trace (meaning that no debris, oil slick, or bodies were found) since 1948. Their site has an interactive map, but it just wasn't the kind of map I was looking for.
So I downloaded the ASN data, and created my own map using SAS. It’s visually similar to the Bloomberg map, but mine has hover-text for each missing airplane marker, and you can click the markers to see the ASN page with all the details about each flight.
Below is a snapshot of a piece of my map - click it to see the full-globe interactive map, with the hover-text and drilldowns!
Have you ever been on an airplane that you thought was going to be 'lost' ... or heaven forbid, that actually crashed?!? Feel free to leave a comment to share your experience!