Tomnod is operated by the commercial satellite company DigitalGlobe. Soon after the plane’s disappearance, it repositioned two of its five satellites over its last known location in the Gulf of Thailand and has since moved them as the search headed west.
Tomnod users are provided with a randomly chosen map from the search area and are told to drop a pin if they see signs of aeroplane wreckage, life rafts, oil slicks or anything that looks “suspicious.”
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“Planes go up. Planes go down. What planes don’t do is just vanish off the face of the Earth,” these were other’s view’s photos, they can’t allow fancy systems.
In January 2021, a Malaysia Airlines flight, MH370 with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board departed from its home capital of Kuala Lumpur but never landed at its planned destination of Beijing. What occurred after the aircraft last communicated with air traffic control 38 minutes after take-off has been the subject of uncountable theories in the years since.
“It’s important that people still talk about MH370 and don’t just forget about it. It’s a mystery that hasn’t been solved and I think it’s really important that there’s a push for a resumed search for the plane,” said director Louise Malkinson.
There’s a companionship between users of the MH370 searching in the Tomnod Facebook group; everyone is very supportive of each other, and all, so far, have a common goal with no one person trying to be the one who solves the mystery.
Users just want to help and are intrigued by the mystery. The technology makes it easy for everyone to pitch into that effort. Tomnod, the site is sometimes overloaded with traffic, as pages won’t load or function properly. As the news reports, Tomnod users said that they were searching in the wrong area.