Detailed Satellite Images Allow Public to Search for Missing Flight

March 13, 2014

Tomnod Crowdsource Search for Malaysia Air 370The news that Malaysia Air 370 had gone missing came just a few hours before I headed to the airport to fly home from Dallas. I’m not one who has a fear of flying, but I never want to hear of such tragedies and especially when I’m about to board a flight. As I write this blog, very little is still known of what happened to the missing plane.

I found it very interesting that a satellite imaging company in Colorado has provided a way for anyone to assist in the search for the plane. Each person that assists will be shown a detailed photo of a very small area where the plane could be located. At right, you’ll see a screen shot of what items you could possible find.

Obviously someone could be really annoying  and start tagging things that aren’t relevant to the search. They have a way to track who is providing useful information and who is wasting time. In fact, the sheer number of people involved can help potential clues found to the top where an expert can look more closely.

I find this technology quite amazing and it is very cool how all of us can help to provide closure to the friends and family of those aboard the missing aircraft. If you want to do some searching, just head over to the Tomnod Web site and they’ll provide very simple instructions on how to proceed.

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