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Help Search For Missing Plane

Help Search For Missing Plane

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)  Sunday marked the 16th day since a Malaysia Airlines 777 disappeared.  Its a jet the size of a football field with 239 souls on board and the aviation mystery that rivals the whereabouts of Amelia Earhart has people like Tina Tiainen baffled, Its kind of weird that in todays age you could just have a piece of technology like that with so many people go missing .. especially people who have cell phones that are maybe traceable.

On a sunny afternoon in the Newbo Neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, a number of people expressed surprise and frustration that there really arent any solid clues as to what happened.  Some remarked they wish they could help solve the mystery and actually now, they can.  Digital Globe, a company in Colorado is now posting new satellite photos on its website and inviting anyone to take some time away from Facebook and YouTube and scan the images for signs of the plane or wreckage.  At a time of flash mobs and crowd funding projects, Tiainen says why not try crowd searching, Out of curiosity maybe I would do that and what if they could find it?  Maybe it would be worth it so sure.

On our Facebook page, many of you now believe whatever happened to flight 370 has a sinister side to it, including the possibility of using the jet for a bomb.  Mike writes, I believe that we will see it again, hopefully out over the ocean with plenty of time to put it in the water.  But Denise is thinking about searching satellite photos for the sake of the passengers. I think this is a good way to allow people who put themselves in the families place to help. People are not only interested in what happened, but they genuinely care.

Back in Newbo, Lizzy Dvorsky says for people watching helplessly from half a world away, this is a chance to do something positive, Absolutely, use the technology.  I think we need to do whatever we can to locate those people and see if theyre still alive.

So far tens of thousands of people have logged onto the Digital Globe site to help with the search.  In fact at one point, so many people that it crashed the website. 

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