You can help search for a missing Kingair in Guyana...

Apparently we can even help now from the comfort of our home-office chairs by inspecting satellite photos... if somebody is missing, let's get in there and find them!!
Web site 1: http://www.internetsar.org/
(PLEASE NOTE: This imagery server is down at the moment - 15dec08)
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You can help search for a missing Kingair in Guyana...

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Dec 15, 2008

Missing Kingair in Guyana
From Miles Williams - Facebook - "Guyanese Pilots"
14 December at 20:16

Hello there... in your spare time, if you are interested you can help search for the missing Aircraft using High resolution digital photos of the Area where the Aircraft went down.

You have to visit http://internetsar.org/, create an account, and you will have access to the Photos. You will have to download Google Earth if you don't have it already.

Regards.
Miles

[ps: I have asked for some details, will post them here when they come in - Jim]

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Re: You can help search for a missing Kingair in Guyana...

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Dec 15, 2008

OK, the log-in at InternetSAR.org provides the information you need... here is a copy of the search page...

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Searches: Guyana 2008

A Beech King Air A90 with a crew of three conducting geophysical surveys last made contact with the Control Tower at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri Guyana at 3:06pm on Saturday Nov. 1, 2008 (full mission briefing here).

IMPORTANT SEARCHING TIP: When searching imagery please keep in mind that this is a dense jungle with 150' tall trees. The odds are the plane either broke up or was swallowed up by the trees. What you should be looking for is scaring of the jungle canopy, signs of fire, debris fields and/or parts of the plane (particularly the distinct tail boom that was on this plane) sticking out from the jungle. If you are only looking for a plane shaped object you might miss an important clue. Please take your time with each imagery assignment to make sure you don't miss something.
Get Google Earth Imagery Overlays

In the center of the imagery overlay files generated by our script there is a placemark/push pin that if clicked on will expand a popup that provides tips and resources to aid in the review of imagery and reporting of possible findings.

NOTICE: Please make sure you have the "terrain" mode turned OFF in Google Earth. You can find this option in Google Earth on the left hand side bar under "Layers." "Terrain" should be unchecked. The 3D terrain feature can exasperate alignment issues with imagery and prevent you from reviewing imagery from the correct eye altitude.

2008-12-14 10:00 (GMT-5,EST) - WE ARE EXPERIENCING SOME ISSUES WITH OUR IMAGERY SERVER FOR THIS SEARCH WHICH IS CAUSING ISSUES DOWNLOADING IMAGERY ASSIGNMENTS. We are working on resolving this issue, but it might not be resolved until Monday when we can have IT folks physically access the server in question. We apologize for the inconvenience and will send out an email to all InternetSAR.org volunteers once this issue has been resolved.

GET AUTOMATICALLY ASSIGNED IMAGERY TO REVIEW HERE (this is the primary means to access imagery) or

Provide coordinates (formats: 38.248917,-118.788147 or 38°05'45.00"N,118°39'38.15"W) TEMPORARILY DISABLED or

Provide image name for imagery (required format: KingAirA90-Cam2-WH7Q20188.0_139904_174552)
IMPORTANT: Report Possible Sightings Here

Please report possible sightings found through this search process via the reporting tools provided here on this site and not to search authorities directly. This will allow sightings to be properly evaluated with as many false positives as possible eliminated before being passed on to search officials. Our reporting tools are set up to allow search teams to manage reports in a systematic way and the Guyana 2008 search team does have direct access to our reporting tools.

Being swamped by false positives reported through improper channels could seriously impede search efforts. We must make sure our efforts are more of a help than hindrance to finding this missing plane and crew. Again, please only report sightings found in imagery we provide through our reporting tools. The only reports that we can ensure will be properly evaluated are those that are reported here.
Guyana 2008 Mission Briefing

The mission briefing and discussion for this search effort is on InternetSAR.org's discussion forums here. To log in to the forums use your user name (aka "screen name") displayed at the top of the left menu and your normal InternetSAR.org password.
Guyana 2008 Discussion Forum

This search effort can be discussed on InternetSAR.org's discussion forums. To log in to the forums use your user name (aka "screen name") displayed at the top of the left menu and your normal InternetSAR.org password. Please note that these forums are for InternetSAR.org participants and users MUST NOT allow others to access this site and InternetSAR.org forums using their account.
Imagery Boundaries

This boundary overlay will show you the approximate outline of the area covered by each image set for this search.

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Re: You can help search for a missing Kingair in Guyana...

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Dec 15, 2008

From the Stabroek News:

Companies still searching for missing plane
BY Staff
Published: December 2, 2008 in News

The three companies responsible for bringing the missing US registered aircraft to Guyana are continuing relentlessly in their efforts to locate the plane and its three occupants as their representatives continue to search the Cuyuni area where the plane went missing.

Even though they have had no luck weeks after the plane went missing, Nancy Chan-Palmateer, Vice President, Investor Relations of U3O8 Corp has told Stabroek News that despite no new developments the ground search was ongoing.

She said that the Dynamic Aviation aircraft equipped with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology which appears to be able to map the terrain below the jungle canopy and which joined the search early last week, continued to map “both the wider survey area and do… more detailed scans of narrower target areas.” This, she said, was expected to continue into next week.

Progress by ground and in the air remains slow given the rugged terrain and weather,” Chan-Palmateer said.

“It will continue to take time to review the thousands of aerial photographs taken to date, and new images to come in, in hopes of providing some guide to locating the missing aircraft and the three men.”

After fifteen days of searching the Guyana government called off the search for the missing plane stating that the three occupants must be presumed to have perished. However, the three companies with whom the men on the plane were employed will continue the search.

Americans James Wesley Barker, 28, and Chris Paris, 23, the Captain and First Officer, respectively, along with Canadian Patrick Murphy, a geophysics technician were on board the plane. The aircraft was chartered from Dynamic Aviation Inc by Terraquest Ltd to conduct geophysical surveys on behalf of Prometheus Resources (Guyana) Inc, a subsidiary of the Toronto-based U3O8 Corporation. The aircraft was scheduled to operate in the Chi Chi-Imbaimadai area in Cuyuni for four hours thirty minutes, following which it was expected to have returned to the Cheddi Jagan Inter-national Airport.

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Re: You can help search for a missing Kingair in Guyana...

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Dec 15, 2008

Just discovered that the approximate location of the aircraft's proposed survey area can be found by setting "Imbaimadai, Guyana" in the Google Earth search text box (and hitting the Enter key). It is almost all the way to Guyana's western boundary - quite a distance from Timehri.

Jim

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Re: You can help search for a missing Kingair in Guyana...

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Dec 16, 2008

14 to 16 December, 2008: If you keep up with the associated Forums, apparently the servers containing the satellite images are having problems, and ice storms on east and west coasts of the USA are hampering efforts to resolve those problems. I guess all we can do is sit and wait, trying periodically to be assigned images to review.

Sorry!!

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