Digital volunteers all over the world look for missing Malaysian jet

People all over the world are trying to solve the mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. A satellite imaging company says 3 million have gone to its website to join the search.

Los Angeles filmmaker Craig Santy has spent more than 12 hours scouring satellite images on the website Tomnod.com.

"Basically, we're looking for anything that stands out," he said .

"So far I've found about 12 fishing vessels and I've found about 11 things I cannot explain what they are but they don't look natural," said Santy.

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Volunteers scan tens of thousands of satellite images, like this one, looking for any clue as to the whereabouts of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
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The images come from five satellites owned by Colorado-based Digital Globe. They are covering the same area being searched by boats and planes. The satellite cameras are so precise they can spot home plate on a baseball field.

"We have people from all time zones, all languages, all contuirbuting try to solve this mystery," said Shay Har-Noy, the company's founder.

So far, the virtual search party has flagged 1.7 million images for a closer look.

"We're taking all these tags, all these clues, from millions of people and putting them together using our statistical algorithm," Har-Boy said. "It's a computer program that's able to identify who's reliable, who's not reliable and what's really going on in the image."

Last year, the website was used after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Volunteers scanned satellite images to help direct relief teams.

The hunt for Flight 370 is a major topic on social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. That interest is driving many to try to help.

"I feel like I am making a difference, not only myself, but me exponentially with everyone working together," said Santy.

So many people have logged that the site has crashed several times.

  • Carter Evans

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