A Tomnod search allows internet users around the world to help search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, Flight MH370. Tomnod.com is a website that uses five satellites. The satellite images of the last known whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are being transmitted right to a user’s laptop and enable anyone to help in the search for the missing airplane, reported Fox News on March 11, 2014.
Digital Globe, a Colorado-based digital mapping company, has directed its five satellites on the Gulf of Thailand region in the hope that web surfers from anywhere can help hunt the vast ocean waters for any signs of the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared on Friday.
A Tomnod search involves looking at transmitted images from the five satellites and tagging anything unusual that looks like it might be a sign of the missing Malaysian airplane. Digital Globe keeps track of the tagging activities and uses a computer algorithm to determine whether users start tagging certain regions more than others. Trained satellite imaging experts will analyze the tagged regions and follow up on the leads.
In the past, Tomnod has successfully helped in searches after man-made or natural disasters. The word “Tomnod” is Mongolian and means “Big Eye.”
One of the challenges in finding the missing Malaysian airplane is that the area of where Flight MH370 might be is so vast, and that the information coming from Malaysian and Chinese officials is unavailable, conflicting, unreliable, and – after six days of false leads – very frustrating.
“The hope is that millions of sets of eyes, with an assist from above, can help solve the mystery of what happened to the plane and the 239 people on board.”
A Tomnod search conducted by internet users around the world via unrestricted and non-government controlled satellite images appears at this point to be the best chance of finding any signs of missing Flight MH370. The Tomnod website focusing on the Malaysian airplane crashed a day after the first satellite images were posted online, but the site was up and running again on Wednesday. Anyone interested in helping the Tomnod search for the missing Flight MH370 can do so here.