Air Malta planes draw heart shape in the sky to celebrate Valentine’s Day

At least two Air Malta flights flew a special flight path to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

On Feb. 14, Air Malta 14J, an Airbus 319, and Air Malta 216, an Airbus 320, drew a heart in the sky over the Mediterranean sea during a round trip charter flight from Luqa.

Their flight paths could be observed on thanks to their Mode-S transponders that broadcast their position to a Maltese receiver that made it available to everyone on the Internet.

Thanks to the ADS-B we can say that only AMC216 flew a perfect heart-shaped flight route that brought the airliner over Sicily and back, as the image in this post shows.

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