1. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    A video posted on Facebook on December 26, 2015 at 08:46 UTC shows a plane circling in the sky near Genoa and leaving a racetrack contrail
    https://www.facebook.com/idromarco/posts/1230480320302678
    Genoa racetrack contrail video.

    Also, there is a photograph of the same or similar contrail taken at approximately the same location and posted at about the same time (08:50 UTC):
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    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10205805569243230&fref=nf

    Flightradar24 payback identified two commercial flights, EasyJet U24205 and Air France AF1466, flying holding patterns near Genoa around the same time:
    Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 23.36.05.
    These flights were going from Paris to Pisa and Florence, respectively, but after being held near Genoa for an hour because of fog at the original destinations both flights were eventually diverted to Bologna.

    I have located in Google Earth the transmission towers (electricity pylons) from the above video and photo and identified their common viewing direction (South):
    genova sv.
    This means that both video and photo captured the trail from the EasyJet flight. The Air France flight was held east of Genoa at altitude of 33000 ft, that is, 2000 ft higher than the EasyJet flight. Its observation could have been obscured by the Genoa geography, but a few partial images of its racetrack contrail taken from the same location are available from this blog:
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    See discussion below for more details.

    PS Special thanks to @deirdre for sharing info on the FB post.
     
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  2. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    http://italiavola.com/2015/12/26/nebbia-a-pisa-firenze-treviso-milano-e-ancona/


    http://www.firenzetoday.it/cronaca/nebbia-firenze-voli-cancellati-26-dicembre-2015.html
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    Unfortunate machine translation of "dirottati" (diverted) as "hijacked" there.
     
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  3. Balance

    Balance Senior Member

    Is it this flight?
    https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/af1466/#85e2f85

    ETA: https://translate.google.com/transl...o-aeroporti-arrivati-molti-aerei/&prev=search


    Beaten to it by the boss
     
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  4. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

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  5. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

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  6. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Looks like seven or eight circuits in the photo:
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    Should be able to match that to FR24
     
  7. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    It also looks like the trail entering the holding pattern and the adjacent turns from the video give a better match to the EasyJet track:
    Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 18.49.08.

    @Mick West Could you modify the title to include this flight. I've already modified the OP, but do not know how to change the title.
     
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    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    20151227-110213-3pwvb.
     
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  9. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    I have located the transmission towers (electricity pylons) in the OP video and photo and identified their common viewing direction:
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    This means that the trail captured in both of them was from the EasyJet flight that was held 20+ miles south of the Genoa airport.

    BTW, Harry Rhodes "concluded" from the video that these towers are just below these trails.o_O
    Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 00.28.18.
    https://www.facebook.com/idromarco/posts/1230480320302678

    I have updated and revised OP.
     
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  10. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    I have been looking for photos of the AF1466 racetrack contrail and found some in a chemtrail blog. There are many photos of the EasyJet racetrack contrail taken from essentially the same location as the Streetview in my previous post and a few of a different trail taken in a different direction:
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    The reddish house with balconies is just behind the viewpoint of the StreetView image in the previous post:
    Genoa SV 2.
    It was blocking view on the other racetrack trail that was in easterly direction (that is, exactly where the Air France flight was held), but the northern end of the holding pattern was sticking out a bit.
     
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  11. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    Can Harry really not tell the difference between a pylon and a transmitter tower??


    BTW I don't think the times can be correct for both the photos in the OP. They seem to show the same contrail loops, but the second one has around four more circuits, and the straight contrail adjacent to them has spread out a large amount. There has to be more than four minutes between the photos.
     
  12. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    These are the times of FB posting, not when the video and photo were actually taken. The latter can be deduced from the FR24 playback by counting the turns.