Sudden descent then all altitudes are "approximate"


In the en route tracker for TAM 8079 this overnight, at 11:03 and 11:11 PM

  1. the rate of descent is sharp, then

  2. there are no more readings for the altitute, and

  3. the reporting facility location/type reading just says “FlightAware Approximate.”

What happened? (My daughter is on that flight!)



Relax, the flight was over water and out of radar range and flightaware’s coverage area. Entirely normal.