Instructions


  • Click on one of the screenshot images below to load demo.
  • Once loaded, click 'play' button to start. The demos include audio.
  • The google earth view is interactive if you set the camera control to 'manual'.

Demo 1


In this accident the primary aircraft had just taken off. He came disoriented in congested airspace over Newark airport before crashing. Two commercial flights were in close proximity at the time of the accident.


  • Demo #1 - Requires GoogleEarth plugin. You will be prompted to install it if you do not have already have it.
  • KML File - This is the underlying KML file in the demo and can be loaded in to the standalone GoogleEarth program.
  • Video Screencast - A short screencast. Useful to get an idea of demo's functions or if unable to view the live demo.

Note:

  • If you don't see aircraft within a few seconds of the demo being loaded, trying refreshing your browser and moving your mouse in the Google Earth view.

Demo 2


This demo shows a longer flight path. When the accident aircraft detected engine problems, he begain a search for nearby airports. However, due to the night time conditions and city lights, he had trouble finding the closest airports.


  • Demo #2 - Requires GoogleEarth plugin. You will be prompted to install it if you do not have already have it.
  • KML File - This is the underlying KML file used in the demo and can be loaded in to the standalone GoogleEarth program.
  • Video Screencast - A short screencast. Useful to get an idea of demo's functions or if unable to view the live demo.

Background


Google Earth's data files (KML) allow for loading 3D models and other customizations in to the Google Earth environment. Newer versions support limited animation and timeline control capabilities. However, these new capabilities are too limited for accurate aircraft accident visualization. Google also provides a browser plugin and API for controlling a Google Earth scene from within a web browser via JavaScript. The demos are a proof-of-concept for playback of an accident sequence in the Google Earth environment. The playback shows progression of the flight path synchronized with recorded audio. The flight paths are generated from recorded radar data.