A major flight catastrophe seems to have unfolded over the Atlantic Ocean last night. A plane has simply disappeared after leaving Rio De Janeiro on its way to Paris. 228 people have lost their lives in this tragic accident, which we don’t know much about yet.
But still we must report what we do know – and hopefully one day be able to tell the story of AF447.
In the graphics we’re only at the first steps in the rulebook for breaking news:
Fourth graphic (if you’re unlucky):
Editors ask if you can help with a timeline of previous disasters. With newer pagination systems this task is not likely as page designers will be able to do it just as good.
Fifth graphic ( – available when Breaking News is a plane crash):
Make that graphic, which shows where most airplane crashes happens – sorted by takeoff, midflight and landing. It was quite good the first time back in 1995, and can always be used. The data has probably never been updated since the first time it ran, so we might see some 14 years old numbers, but it’s no longer credited with any source, so the readers won’t notice that.
Here are some examples from online-media, I have seen so far. Nothing from print yet, but I don’t think it will differ much from the above mentioned formula for breaking news crashes. When the true AF447-story is uncovered I hope to see much better graphics with a lot more substance to them.