(CNN) – The plane carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin has broken records for the longest flight ever.
That number comes from two sources: the 4.79 million people who tracked the flight’s journey on Flightradar24’s website and mobile app, plus an additional 296,000 who tracked the plane on YouTube.
The Royal Air Force plane carrying the Queen spent an hour and 12 minutes in flight. He landed at RAF Northolt, a military station six miles from Greater London Heathrow Airport.
RAF C-17 globemaster aircraft transported Her Majesty’s coffin.
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Flightradar24 is one of the increasingly popular aircraft tracking tools. The site started in Sweden in 2006 and became publicly available three years later.
Ian Petchenik, the website’s director of communications, told CNN Travel that the resulting spike in traffic “was definitely our first foray into international events, and how displaying air traffic in real time to the public can affect the way people think about world news.”
Prior to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the most popular flight search on Flightradar24 was opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s flight back to Russia, where he is expected to be jailed upon arrival in 2021.
The staff at Flightradar24 knew that the Queen’s latest air journey had the potential to be hugely popular. Their team tried to make the site as stable as possible, but the influx of new users was a technical challenge.
“This massive immediate spike was beyond what we had anticipated,” Petchenik wrote in a blog post. He added: “In total we processed 76.2 million requests related to this flight alone – that’s any action taken by a user, such as clicking on the flight icon, clicking on the aircraft information in the left box or adjusting settings.”
He predicts that this particular flight search record will remain unbroken “for a long time.”
Image above: The Queen’s coffin is received by pallbearers at RAF Northolt. Credit: Andrew Matthews/AP/Getty
CNN’s Jacopo Prisco contributed reporting.