A Colorado company is making it possible for the whole world to join the search
By John Vibes
A Colorado satellite imaging company called DigitalGlobe is crowdsourcing the search for the missing Malaysian flight that lost contact with air traffic control days ago. Last November, the same company launched a similar search effort after the Typhoon Haiyan disaster.
According to Luke Barrington, senior manager of Geospatial Big Data for DigitalGlobe, in the past month alone, the company activated the service to observe wildfires in Australia, violence in Ukraine and the aftermath of ice storms in Atlanta, Ga.
Now they have positioned their satellites to search for the missing aircraft that government search parties have been unable to find.
“For people who aren’t able to drive a boat through the Pacific Ocean to get to the Malaysian peninsula, or who can’t fly airplanes to look there, this is a way that they can contribute and try to help out,” Barrington told ABC News.
“We’ll say, ‘Here are our top ten suspicious or interesting locations,’” Barrington said. “Is it really an aircraft wing that’s been chopped in half or is this some other debris floating on the ocean? We may not be 100 percent sure, but if this is where I had to go pick a location to go looking for needles in this big haystack, this is where I’d start.”
While the search continues for the missing plane many sources have reported a security breach that may have led to the disappearance.
It has been reported that two passengers who were listed on the plane’s records, an Italian and an Austrian, were not even on the flight, but both reportedly had their passports stolen in Thailand. Now it has been revealed that both of these tickets were purchased in the same transaction.