June 7, 2014
Flight MH370: Families Are ‘Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands’

It has been nearly three months since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. With no end in sight, relatives of the passengers have started a whistleblower fund with the hopes of raising $3 million for someone to reveal key information about the plane's disappearance.

According to a report from USA Today, relatives of the Flight MH370 passengers have also expressed interest in raising $2 million for private investigators to conduct follow-ups on "promising leads." No concrete evidence about Flight MH370's disappearance has been revealed, and this has led some to believe that authorities are hiding something.

Sarah Bajc's partner, Philip Wood, was on Flight MH370 when it went missing on March 8. She said that she has not seen any "credible evidence" about the plane possibly being in the Indian Ocean, where weeks of investigation have turned up nothing.

"We are taking matters into our own hands," she said.

Bajc added she is "convinced somebody is concealing something" about the missing flight. However, Angus Houston, who is the head of the Australian joint agency investigating the Flight MH370 case, revealed that "nothing important is being concealed in any way."

"My approach has always been to be as open as I could possibly be," Houston said.

Houston added that he doesn't believe that "every piece of analysis" about the disappearance of Flight MH370 is out there.

"But the analysis is still ongoing," he said.

The campaign is called "Reward MH370: The Search for the Truth," and it will launch Monday on the crowdsourcing website, Indiegogo. Bajc said that the campaign will hire a company that is professionally licensed to work in multiple countries.

However, she does understand that $2 million "won't go very far" when it comes to investigating the Flight MH370 case.

"Clearly, they've already spent $100 million, and they've gotten nothing," she added. "But we're not going to approach it with boats in the ocean. We're going to approach it with human intelligence."

The minimum amount people can donate is $5. Those who plan to contribute to the Flight MH370 campaign must understand that promises can't be made, but Bajc and the other families "believe we need to try something," she said.

"If we just sit back on our heels and allow the existing path to continue, I don't think this will ever be solved," she added.

Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said the group is looking into having some kind of tracking technology so another case like Flight MH370 will never happen again, according to CNN.

Their main focus will be not be "streaming on data," but it will be on the aircraft itself, which is the "most urgent first step and can be done relatively easily."

"There are a lot more issues that come into play when it comes into the streaming of data," Tyler said. "If you start having streaming from 100,000 flights a day, you're going to end up with masses of data and that may be manageable or may be not manageable."

In a related report from The Inquisitr, a new search area will be the focus on trying to find any evidence about the disappearance of Flight MH370. It's called "the 7th arc," and officials are already optimistic. One official from the Australian Transport Safety Board said in a statement that new information and analysis "confirms that MH370 will be found in close proximity to the arc."

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