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Millions search for flight MH370 using satellite imagery

You can as well using crowd-sourcing website Tomnod.

A screenshot of the website.
A screenshot of the website.
Image: Tomnod.com

MUSICIAN COURTNEY LOVE claimed earlier this week that she had spotted wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on satellite imagery.

The songstress hadn’t saved the day – it was in fact just a boat.

However, the website she was using could hold the answer to the what happened to flight MH370.

Tomnod is a crowd-sourcing website that has put together recent satellite imagery from locations where the aircraft could potentially have crashed into the sea.

Of course, the aircraft could still be spotted intact on land.

Wreckage

Users can browse thousands of kilometres worth of sea, and highlight if they see wreckage, liferafts, oil spills, or any unusual objects.

“DigitalGlobe’s expert analysts will examine the tags to identify the top 10 or so most notable areas and share the information with customers and authorities,” a statement said.

DigitalGlobe has direct contact with the US government and there is close and continuous coordination on this and many other world events.

The company said more than three million people have participated in the program, with some 257 million “map views” and 2.9 million areas “tagged” by participants.

Last night, Tomnod released new Digital Globe satellite imagery of the Indian Ocean in a renewed effort to find the plane.

Earlier today, authorities said investigators had discovered that data had been deleted from the home flight simulator of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah about one month before the plane vanished, but cautioned against a rush to judgement.

“Some data had been deleted from the simulator, and forensic work to retrieve this data is ongoing,” said Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

Angry relatives tried to gatecrash the tightly controlled daily media briefing on the missing plane in chaotic scenes underlining the frustrations surrounding the 12-day search.

They accused Malaysian authorities of withholding information and doing too little to find the plane.

Additional reporting by © AFP, 2014

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