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The Online Investigation of Flight MH370

Friday evening we learned of the bizarre disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 that failed to arrive at its scheduled destination in Beijing. In what increasingly seems like a tragic, real-life episode of The Twilight Zone, there is still no trace of the ill-fated flight four days later, and theories abound as to its location.

With investigators yet to discover any tangible evidence of a crash or discern any reasoning as to why the airliner suddenly vanished from radar detection, we’re left only to posit scenarios that may have determined MH370’s fate. The world is watching, and with family members clinging to shreds of hope and seeking closure and finality to this disastrous ordeal, authorities are seeking help from all angles; anything to explain the origin of the jet’s disappearance and provide answers.

Armchair sleuths have been on the case since the flight was first reported missing, and ABC News released a story yesterday about a website utilizing satellite imaging and crowdsourcing to potentially locate the aircraft. Tomnod.com has released photos obtained from five orbiting satellites of the plane’s last recorded whereabouts, and is allowing users to comb through them in an attempt to identify any potential debris. Data is being compiled on the areas tagged the most by users, and relayed to investigators on the ground and in the air.

It’s a novel, but possibly breakthrough usage of technology that may indeed aid authorities in the region with their search, and allows the millions around the globe monitoring the developing story to contribute. At this point, any assistance helps.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of passengers aboard Malaysian flight 370, and hopefully there will be some resolution to this story soon.

 

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