The map has a mind of its own

You never had this problem with Rand McNally:

I ran into this problem this morning. There was [a] plane crash in Hiroshima, so I wanted to take a look at the airport. I pull up Google Maps, zoom way out, pan across to Japan and zoom in until Hiroshima appears. Now I ask for “airport”. It shows me several, but not the Hiroshima airport. Make a more specific request and it takes me back to Oregon. Fuss with it and eventually I get the Hiroshima airport. Okay, what about all those other airports in this region? What happened to them? Cannot get Google to show them to me for love or money. Stupid Google.

The Bloomberg report of the crash, as relayed by the Vancouver Sun:

An Asiana Airlines plane crash landed short of the runway amid rains at Hiroshima Airport in Japan, injuring 27 passengers in its first accident since a crash landing in San Francisco almost two years ago.

The plane flew so low that the tail section of the Airbus Group NV A320 hit landing system devices placed 330 metres from the end of the runway, Noritoshi Goda, an official at the transport ministry’s aviation bureau, said by phone. The plane then veered off the runway, causing the landing gear to collapse and leaving both wings and the left engine damaged, the transport ministry said.

The plane was carrying 73 passengers plus a crew of eight.

A Bing search of this sort defaults to “Airports near Hiroshima”; Microsoft apparently gets its Japanese maps from Japanese map publisher Zenrin, and actual English map legends are not the highest priority.


  1. McGehee »

    16 April 2015 · 2:05 pm

    I brought up Google Maps, touched in “Hiroshima Airport” and was taken right to it — from the default view, which happens to be my current location southwest of Atlanta.

    If there’s a stupidity it may not be Google’s.

  2. CGHill »

    16 April 2015 · 2:16 pm

    God knows I have plenty of my own.

  3. McGehee »

    16 April 2015 · 4:39 pm

    I run into all kinds of trouble with Google Maps, but if I’m looking for a particular site I’ve generally found that asking for it works better than not.

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