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    Peter Jackson Lends His $80 Million Private Jet to Help Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

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    Peter Jackson is helping out in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

    The Hobbit director has lent his $80 million private jet to help look for the still-missing Flight MH370, THR confirms. The trade reports that Jackson's G650 is currently searching for the airliner over the oceans off the coast of Australia.

    Jackson's jet, which is owned by his production company Wingnut, is among many other military and other aircrafts aiding in the search for the plane. It's unclear whether the service of Jackson's private jet was offered or requested, but a rep for the Oscar winner denies Jackson is doing any of this for attention.

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    "Peter would not seek publicity for something like this and would actively avoid it in fact,'' Jackson's spokesperson Matt Dravitzki told the New Zealand Herald. "A lot of civilian and military aircraft are involved in the search and it's kind of disappointing that because one is owned by a celebrity it becomes a matter of news when there are [over] 200 people missing.''

    Jackson reportedly bought the jet in March 2013.

    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and its 239 passengers vanished last month on Mar. 8. Since disappearing, many theories as to what happened to the plane have arisen.

    Most recently, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak declared that flight went down over the Indian Ocean, saying in a formal statement, "We have to assume beyond reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived. We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the southern Indian Ocean."

    Meanwhile, this isn't the first time Jackson has helped those in need. Jackson and his wife helped fund the legal defense and an investigation that helped to free the West Memphis Three, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.

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