BEIJING — Relatives of passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are launching a crowd-funding campaign to raise a $3 million reward for a whistle-blower to expose key information about the vanished jetliner, the partner of a missing passenger told USA TODAY.
A $2 million fund for private investigators to follow up on promising leads is also being targeted.
Almost three months after the plane disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, some relatives are frustrated by the failure of the official search to find concrete evidence about what happened, and in what manner, and say they are convinced authorities are concealing the truth.
“We are taking matters into our own hands,” said Sarah Bajc, a U.S. citizen whose partner Philip Wood, 50, an IBM executive from Texas, who was on the flight when it disappeared on March 8. “There is no credible evidence” the plane is in the southern Indian Ocean, where planes, boats and a mini-sub have searched in vain for weeks, she said.
“I’m convinced that somebody is concealing something,” said Bajc, 48, a business studies teacher in Beijing and former executive with Microsoft.
The head of the Australian joint agency overseeing the search rejected the families’ claims. “Nothing important is being concealed in any way,” said Angus Houston, a former Air Chief Marshal of Australia. “My approach has always been to be as open as I could possibly be,” he told USA Today.
“Is every piece of analysis out there? I don’t think it is,” said Houston, who hopes to announce this month the completion of a comprehensive review of all data pertaining to the search. “But the analysis is still ongoing,” he said Friday. Meanwhile, Malaysia’s acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, has said that “requests made by next-of-kin and international media cannot be accommodated 100%.”… see more