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Peter Jackson's $80m jet searches for missing Malaysian plane

2014-04-03 08:43
Peter Jackson

Los Angeles - Peter Jackson has lent his private jet to search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug director's $80m G650 airliner is being used to search for airliner, which vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March, off the coast of Australia.

A spokesperson for the filmmaker told the New Zealand Herald newspaper: "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."

He also denied that Peter, who is worth an estimated $400m, decided to loan his jet for attention, saying: "Peter would not seek publicity for something like this and would actively avoid it in fact."

The Lord of the Rings director purchased his jet in March 2013 for approximately $80m and it is registered to his production company Wingnut, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

His spokesperson also confirmed the jet is available for charter via the service Execujet and is currently on charter in Perth, Australia.

It was recently reported that Peter had sold two of his penthouses in New York City to Taylor Swift for $20m.

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