Controversial trip to Taiwan: Pelosi's flight gives flight radar website record numbers

The world holds its breath as US leader Pelosi flies to Taiwan.

Controversial trip to Taiwan: Pelosi's flight gives flight radar website record numbers

The world holds its breath as US leader Pelosi flies to Taiwan. According to the flight radar website Flightradar24, hundreds of thousands follow their flight route live on the Internet. A new record for the operator.

US top politician Nancy Pelosi's controversial flight to Taiwan has brought record demand to a flight radar website. At the moment of landing on Tuesday, more than 708,000 people followed the course of the flight live on the Internet, the Flightradar24 website announced on Tuesday. 2.92 million people watched at least part of the flight on its seven-hour route. "That makes it the most followed flight in the history of Flightradar24."

According to the service, Pelosi's flight avoided the direct route over the South China Sea. Instead, the machine first flew east over Indonesia and then past the Philippines to the north. On the website of the Internet service, the route of the flight could be followed in real time on a map.

There had been a lot of speculation beforehand about Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, but until the very end it was not clear whether the Speaker of the US House of Representatives would actually fly to Taipei. When she took off from Kuala Lumpur on her Asia tour on Tuesday, more than 200,000 people were already there live on Flightradar24 who wanted to know where flight SPAR19 was going.

The number of hits then increased more and more and skyrocketed when the US military machine really moved towards Taiwan, the company said. The “unprecedented interest” in the flight brought Flightradar24 to the edge of its capacity. Access time has therefore been limited for non-subscribers.

Pelosi traveled to Taipei on Tuesday for a controversial visit. The politician from President Joe Biden's Democratic Party is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years. This has sparked fierce protests and threats from China, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province.

The 82-year-old Pelosi wants to leave Taiwan with a congressional delegation on Wednesday at 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m. CEST). The next destination on your Asia trip is the South Korean capital Seoul.

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