Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 14:24
Millions join satellite search for missing plane
Three million people have joined an effort led by a satellite operator to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in what may be the largest crowd sourcing project of its kind.
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The satellite firm Digital Globe said that its search area now has some 24,000 square kilometres and that more images are being added daily, including a new area in the Indian Ocean.
The company said more than three million people have participated in the program, with some 257 million "map views" and 2.9 million areas "tagged" by participants.
The plane went missing early on March 8th with 239 passengers and crew aboard, spawning a massive international search across Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean that has turned up no trace of wreckage.
Although no definitive records are kept on crowdsourcing, this effort is likely one of the largest in history, and Digital Globe said it was bigger than the relief effort for Typhoon Haiyan last November in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, No evidence has been found linking the 153 Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight to terror or hijacking.
China's ambassador to Malaysia also said China had begun searching for the aircraft on its own territory amid a huge international search operation covering vast areas north and south of the plane's last-known position.