(Deutsche Welle) Radar, radio and sonar can all be used to locate missing planes. Now, a crowdsourcing initiative is allowing regular people to comb satellite images in the search for flight MH370, which went missing last Saturday.
What's known is this: Contact was lost with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 about an hour after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing. But the details of the case are shrouded in mystery: Why were two passengers traveling with stolen passports onboard? Did the plane turn back, as announced at one point? And what of reports that passengers' mobile phones have still been ringing?
The riddle of flight MH370 hinges on its apparent disappearance in mid-air. But how can an object weighing several tons and measuring about 60 meters across by 64 meters long (200 by 210 feet) simply vanish? Experts believe it's simply a matter of time before some traces of the plane are found. And so the search continues, using various tools - including a crowdsourcing initiative that has ordinary people combing through satellite imagery.
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