BR man using website to search for missing airplane
BATON ROUGE - One Baton Rouge man is using a website to join in on the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight that vanished more than two weeks ago.
Average Joe's like Scott Gray can log into Tomnod.com from the comfort of their home to scour the Indian Ocean in the worldwide effort to locate the missing plane.
"You feel bad for people for people in a situation like that. These families don't know what happened to their family, and that's something that I can't affect the outcome of what happened but I can help them if we can find the plane and we can give those people a sense of closure," said Gray.
Gray is just one of about 3 million people using the website to canvass the ocean frame by frame.
"They set you up in a large area within the search zone, so it takes seconds to look at a frame," he said.
Users tag objects in the ocean that look like either wreckage, a raft or an oil slick. From there the company that runs the site, DigitalGlobe, analyzes the tags.
"Basically they know to go back and look at that frame and look at those coordinates and look at that spot to see if it's actually something on there," said Gray.
So far Gray has covered several hundred thousand square feet of the ocean.
"I'm helping a little bit, and I think overall everyone as a whole is helping a lot," he said.
It's all in hopes to find clues to solve the mystery of Malaysian Airlines flight 370.
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