I found this forum having tried to find the answer on Google. I was on a B777 coming into Heathrow from Miami yesterday (AA56) and was expecting us to go into the usual hold. The attached picture showed we did ultimately do that but not after making a seriously tight circle. I thought at the time this was unusual in such a big plane so looked it upon flightradar (link below) and you can see just how sharp it was. Is this normal? I'm not the best flier so was pretty freaked out. I'm sure it's fairly common but I have never experienced anything like it, short or long haul.

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    $\begingroup$ There's a number of questions on the site about Flightradar24, often involving its lack of accuracy. Consider Flightradar24 to be worth approximately what you pay for it, but do check out those other questions. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 15:44
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    $\begingroup$ possibly duplicate of: aviation.stackexchange.com/q/2269/1467 $\endgroup$
    – Federico
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 15:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Will There's no way whatsoever it was as represented there - that's a data issue. $\endgroup$
    – Dan
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 16:00
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    $\begingroup$ 360s are quite common, but they're smooth circles. FR24 likely just got two points in this circle, making it look much more dramatic. $\endgroup$
    – Sanchises
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 16:07
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    $\begingroup$ A standard rate turn is 120 seconds, or three degrees of turn per second. Taking @Sanchises' comment at face value, even that would be considered tight for an airliner, but I don't have any first-hand experience on that. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 16:08


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