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Search for Missing Malaysian Airlines Plane by Using Remote Sensing Images
 Date: 2014-03-11  Page Views:

RADI researchers have been working hard to provide information in support of the search for the missing Malaysia Airline Boeing 777. Flight MH370, which departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and was due to arrive in Beijing, disappeared from air traffic control in the small hours on March 8.

RADI made an emergency response on that morning. It conducted an inquiry into the tasks of receiving data from satellites after the incident and coordinated satellite data acquisition operations both at home and abroad. RADI also made an emergent application for receiving relevant data for the next two to three days. 

Using satellite data received from March 8 to 10, RADI researchers have spotted three oil slicks in the region where the jet lost contract and quickly reported their findings to the government departments concerned.


A map showing the location where the jet lost contact. An analysis of remote sensing images on March 8 finds two large oil slicks (area A and B).

Remote sensing monitoring on March 8 shows oil slick (in red) in area A.

Remote sensing monitoring on March 8 shows oil slick (in red) in area B.


Radar remote sensing monitoring on March 10 finds oil slick (in black) in area C.

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