Tomnod Effort To Crowdsource Flight 370 Search Crashes Server, Draws Record Numbers

Tomnod is a digital platform that uses high resolution satellite imagery to let users search for odd landmarks, debris from natural disasters, interesting buildings — that sort of thing. But when the site, operated by Colorado-based satellite imaging company DigtalGlobe, started letting users look for any sign of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the service exploded in popularity.

So many users hit Tomnod hoping to locate any remnant of the mysteriously vanished Boeing 777-200 that the site’s server crashed Tuesday morning. DigitalGlobe just started its crowdsourced search for the missing plane on Monday. The server was back on line with new satellite images of the possible Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash site by Tuesday evening.

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