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Families of Missing Malaysia Plane Offer ‘Whistle-Blower’ Reward

Ground crew stand near a Malaysia Airlines aircraft on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Malaysia, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. The Malaysian government on Tuesday released 45 pages of raw satellite data it used to determine the flight path of the missing jetliner, information long sought after by some of the relatives of the 239 people on board the plane. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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Some family members of the missing passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have launched a campaign raising up to $5 million for anyone who will help solve the mystery of what happened to the plane.

The “Reward MH370” campaign, which launched Sunday on the fundraising website Indiegogo, is a grassroots effort by loved ones on-board the flight to “uncover clues not yet discovered, and to pursue that evidence without interference from parties who are also liability holders in this case,” according to the campaign’s web page.

The Boeing 777 plane was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, on March 8 when it lost contact with air traffic control. Officials believed the plane may have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people on board, but no physical evidence has been retrieved to back up this claim.

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Family members involved in the campaign—including Sarah Bajc, partner of 51-year-old American passenger Philip Wood—are featured in a YouTube video outlining the campaign. In he video, Bajc holds a handwritten sign indicating that she is on the governance committee for Reward MH370.

“The official investigation being run by governments and agencies has failed to find the plane, due to either incompetence or obfuscation. We must work together to ensure the truth is found,” Bajc said in a written statement on the campaign’s website.

The campaign has so far raised $915.

The money collected through donations will be used to reward someone who comes forward with “actionable information” regarding the whereabouts of the flight. The donated money will also fund a private investigation company to follow any leads, and to also “lobby governments around the world to invoke real change in air safety, aviation procedures, aircraft tracking, passport security and ensure this situation never happens again,” according to the campaign’s page.

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