15 March 2014, 11:20

2.3 million people search for plane online

KUALA LUMPUR. KAZINFORM - Thirteen countries, 57 ships and 48 aircraft are currently looking for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which has been missing since last Friday.

But since a few hours after the plane and its 239 passengers disappeared, the search has been joined by some 2.3 million ordinary internet users, who are using the Tomnod website to scan more than 24,000 sq km of satellite imagery to help locate the missing aircraft, The Guardian informs.

Tomnod is run by commercial satellite company DigitalGlobe, which soon after the plane's disappearance repositioned two of its five satellites over its last known location in the Gulf of Thailand, and have since moved them as the search headed west.

Tomnod users are provided with a randomly chosen map from the search area and are told to drop a pin if they see signs of aeroplane wreckage, life rafts, oil slicks or anything that looks "suspicious".
An algorithm then finds where there is overlap in tags from people who tagged the same location, and the most notable areas are shared with authorities. A Tomnod spokesperson said that as of Thursday every pixel had been looked at by human eyes at least 30 times.

Despite the huge online search party, the Tomnod hunt has so far have proved inconclusive. But that - and the fact crowdsourcing was disastrously discredited during the hunt for the Boston bombers and the search for adventurer Steve Fossett's single-engine plane - hasn't stopped millions of people searching the maps and tagging over 745,000 images they believe may be signs of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.

Numerous Facebook groups have been set up with members from around the world posting and discussing screenshots of satellite imagery around the clock.

 Tags: Incidents
Did you find a mistake? Highlight it and click CTRL+ENTER

Read also

Erdoğan blames Isis for suspected suicide attack at wedding in Gaziantep

ASTANA. KAZINFORM - At least 50 people have been killed and nearly 100 wounded in a suspected suicide bomb attack on an outdoor wedding celebration in Gaziantep, Turkish authorities have said.    

User name:
Enter code:*


Germany made documentary about die-off of saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan
Hope Solo suspended six months by US Soccer for comments after Olympics loss
MFA: Initiatives of Kazakhstan are unprecedented in history of nuclear disarmament
Football transfer rumours: Moussa Sissoko to Tottenham?
Japan eyes recycling of E-waste to make 2020 Tokyo Olympics medals
Karim Massimov visited sacred places of Karaganda region
Ban Ki-moon: UN highly praises anti-nuclear initiatives of Kazakhstan
Nursultan Nazarbayev pays official visit to Serbia

BELGRADE. KAZINFORM - President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev arrived at the Palace of Serbia for a meeting with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić.    

Commented articles