Internet volunteers help search for missing plane

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Updated: 3/11 8:08 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Tuesday is the fourth day of a missing airliner over the South Pacific, and new information on the plane's course is expanding the search area.

The Malaysian military says it has radar evidence showing the missing Boeing 777 Jetliner changed course and made it to the Malacca Strait, hundreds of miles away from the last location reported by civilian authorities. A high-ranking military official involved in the investigation said the aircraft was believed to be flying low.

The development injects new mystery into the investigation of the flight's disappearance. Now, there is a way for you to help solve that mystery and join the search for the missing airliner.

A company that owns several satellites has turned at least two of them to the area where crews are searching. The company is putting that satellite imagery on its website. This is allowing people around the world to join the search from the comfort of their home.

The company is called Digital Globe. It has activated what is known as a crowdsourcing program on its website. This allows anyone to become a volunteer to scour through some 3,200 square kilometers of imagery of the area where search and rescue crews are concentrating.

Technology experts say this is a tremendous way to harness the power of the internet. "Here we have people scattered all over the world who can go to a website, look at a little piece of the space and try to look for this airplane," said Dave Archer from the Nevada Center for Entrepreneurs and Technology.

To become an internet volunteer, head to the Digital Globe website, and click on the Crowdsourcing campaign. Then follow the instructions on your screen.
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