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Families Launch $5 Million Fund to Find ‘Truth’ Behind Missing Plane Hunt

Wang Zhao—AFP/Getty Images Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hold candles during a prayer service at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing on April 8, 2014.

The prospect of a reward would encourage a whistleblower to come forward with secret information about the stalled investigation, families say

Frustrated by the lack of answers three months after the Malaysia Airlines disappearance, relatives of the missing are set to launch an effort Sunday to raise $5 million for a “whistle blower” reward to find informants with knowledge of the plane’s location.

A multinational effort to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared three months ago with 239 people aboard, has so far turned up empty handed. The four acoustic “pings” that spurred a grueling underwater search were not, it appears, from the plane’s coveted black box, CNN reports.

The $5-million fundraising goal, coordinated by project leader Ethan Hunt, will launch Sunday on the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo. Hunt said he believes someone knows where the plane is, and $5 million will incentivize them to come forward.

“This mystery is unprecedented in the history of aviation, and we need to work as a collective community with one goal of finding the truth, the plane and the passengers,” Hunt said.

The plane disappeared en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, and authorities have searched for the plane in the choppy waters of the Indian Ocean west of Australia for months.


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