Monday, June 18, 2018

An-2 search enlists help from the internet

The search for an An-2 aircraft that went missing on June 11 has recruited the help of people commenting on the internet who want to join the search.

The team searching for the airplane is using the a satellite monitoring website called Kosmosnimki An-2 to use optical images taken from multiple satellites since June 11. The satellites include SPOT-4, SPOT-5, EROS B, FORMOSTAT 2 and TerraSAR-X. Assumptions about the location of the aircraft based on the satellite images can be posted as internet comments by anyone on the website, RIA Novosti reports.

"The recommended method of searching for - a comparison of archival and operational (after the loss of the aircraft) satellite images by disabling the corresponding layers on the web site," RDC, the company in charge of the website, said, according to RIA Novosti.

Rescuers with EMERCOM have already searched an area of 145,000 square kilometers in the Sverdlovsk region. The aircraft took off on June 11 without permission carrying a group of people who had consumed alcohol. The 12 passengers and the pilot boarded the plane in Serov and left multiple cars behind in the airfield. The passengers may have included a road police chief, a pensioner, a guard, a road policeman, a businessman and a mobile phone seller, among others, Itar-Tass reports.