China: Search for the Boeing 777-200 Flight MH370 jet that went missing on March 8, 2014, has intensified. China has deployed 10 high-resolution satellites to scurry South China Sea to find leads that could help locate the Malaysian flight with 239 people on board. China's Xi'an Satellite Monitor and Control Center has launched an emergency response for the search and adjusted up to 10 high-resolution satellites to locate the missing plane which is presumed to have crashed. The aircraft that went missing over the South China Sea en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur had 227 passengers on board, including 154 Chinese, five Indians and 12 crew members.
"We hope Malaysia can fully understand China, especially the mood of the Chinese passengers' families and speed up investigation, search and rescue efforts. The missing plane belongs to the Malaysia Airlines, so it is reasonable that the Malaysian side takes the major responsibility of the search and rescue work," said Qin Gang, spokesperson for foreign ministry. Thirty four planes, 40 ships and teams from ten countries are involved in search operations that have been widened up to the Andaman Sea after radar data indicated the plane may have turned around to head back to Kuala Lumpur.
Crowdsourcing to the rescue
DigitalGlobe is enlisting the crowd to scan and tag images of more than 1,200 square miles of ocean for any visible evidence that could help locate the Malaysia Airlines 777 aircraft. The company deployed its FirstLook service, directing two of its five satellites to snap photos of the area in the Gulf of Thailand, where investigators suspected the plane may have crashed, and then activated its crowdsourcing platform, Tomnod. "If there is something to see on the surface (of the water), we will see it. But the question is if we are looking in the right area," said Luke Barrington, DigitalGlobe's senior manager of geospatial big data.