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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is growing and so is the number of people looking for it.

Millions of people are logging on to a website started by a UCSD alum to help comb through satellite images.

"We have people from all time zones, all languages, all contributing to try and solve this mystery," Shay Har-Noy said.

Shay Har-Noy is the founder of tomnod.com -- a website where users can access high resolution satellite imaging.

So far, more than 3 million people have logged in to help look for the missing aircraft. 

"We're taking all these tags, all these clues, from millions of people and putting them together using our statistical algorithm," Har-Noy said. "It's a computer program that's able to identify who's reliable, who is not reliable and what's really going on in that image."

It's just another tool being used to try and find what is one of the biggest mysteries of recent memory. 

"This is already one of the most remarkable episodes in the entirety of aviation history and we're not by any means close to the end of it yet," Capt. Chesley Sullenberger said. 

Malaysian officials recently revealed that the plane's tracking system was turned off intentionally and flew for hours after someone last made contact it. The question is where?

The search area has grown from as far north as Kazakhstan and as far south as the Indian Ocean, where the San Diego-based USS Kidd is helping look for any sign of the plane. 

"I think we can say is whoever disabled those systems, if it was done intentionally, and whoever changed the course of that airplane and flew to a stop where they knew they had no radar coverage, there was some level of knowledge, some sophistication, a knowledge about how that plan worked, how systems worked, and how you would want to go about being undetectable," Bob Orr said. 

Investigators are now focusing on the people on board, especially the pilots.

Over the weekend, police went to their homes to look for evidence and at one found a flight simulator that is now being examined. That said, it's still too early to speculate. 

"I think it is possible as hard as it is to believe, that we may never find the plane. And if we don't find the plane, if we don't find some kind of conclusive analytics evidence on the police side, I think there is a chance we might not know," Bob Orr said. 

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