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    Information regarding the Squawk alerts

    Since Fightradar24 started to show alerts, there has been 2 false hijack alerts. We don't know the reason behind the alerts, if it has been a technical error with the transponder, pilot error or some other error. To prevent future misunderstandings we will not send out any more 7500 (hijack) alerts. For all other alerts we want to once again clarify that it's a 4-digit code from a transponder. We never know the reason behind the alert. We don't know if it's true, false, error or something else. For more information about Squawk codes please read on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transponder_(aviation)

    Twitter 7500 alerts was already removed last week, and alerts will be removed from iOS app in next update.

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    Quite frankly I think this information should be for public consumption and not restricted.
    Squawks can be often be incorrect and all emergencies could be life threatening.
    Please don't play the world police game..

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    Wiki link above is missing a closing bracket and should read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transponder_(aviation)
    Dan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod View Post
    Quite frankly I think this information should be for public consumption and not restricted.
    Squawks can be often be incorrect and all emergencies could be life threatening.
    Please don't play the world police game..
    We are not playing world police, but the police has started several investigations after people, who has seen the alerts, has called the police to report aircraft hijacks. We have an agreement with other tracking pages and providers, not to put this data back online.
    There hasn't been any hijacks since increased security on 9/11, so I don't think we need this squawk code more, anyway.

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    There was an incorrect 7500 alert earlier today.
    http://fr24.com/2013-02-19/13:32/AAL788

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    There hasn't been any hijacks since increased security on 9/11, so I don't think we need this squawk code more, anyway.
    This statement is demonstrably false. Shall I list a few for you?
    • Quantas flight QF1737 on May 30, 2003
    • Turkish Airlines Flight 1476 on Oct. 3, 2006
    • The Air West flight that was hijacked in the Sudan in 2007
    • The Air Mauritanie flight to the Canaries in Feb of 2007
    • The Atlasjet flight to Istanbul that was hijacked by a couple of Arab kids, also in 2007
    • Eagle Airways Flight 2279 to Christchurch on Feb 8, 2008


    Shall I list more? There have been more than a dozen hijackings or attempted hijackings since 9/11

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    The 7500 Squawk code is a confidential message from the flight crew to the Air Traffic Services. The crew is trying to alert authorities covertly without the hijackers knowing about it. To broadcast this information to the public is counter productive and may endanger the flight.
    Nobody else are entitled to this information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kpin View Post
    Nobody else are entitled to this information.
    I was born and raised in NYC. I watched the towers being built and my family worked on their construction. I drove ambulances and worked as an EMT in that city for 14 years. Seven of the EMTs who responded to the towers and were killed when they fell were friends and former partners of mine. Two of my brothers were first responders to the scene, one NYPD the other NYFD. Don't you EVER try to tell me I'm not entitled to know if there's a hijacked aircraft that might affect me or my loved ones. I earned that right with sweat, blood and tears.
    Last edited by KJ4VOV; 2013-05-13 at 17:17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJ4VOV View Post
    I was born and raised in NYC. I watched the towers being built and my family worked on their construction. I drove ambulances and worked as an EMT in that city for 14 years. Seven of the EMTs who responded to the towers and were killed when they fell were friends and former partners of mine. Two of my brothers were first responders to the scene, one NYPD the other NYFD. Don't you EVER try to tell me I'm not entitled to know if there's a hijacked aircraft that might affect me or my loved ones. I earned that right with sweat, blood and tears.
    Oh, I didn't know you were from New York. That of course entitles you to any information you want.
    I'm from Denmark. Please send me your credit card details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kpin View Post
    Oh, I didn't know you were from New York. That of course entitles you to any information you want.
    I'm from Denmark. Please send me your credit card details.
    Go wait by your mailbox.

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