Peter Jackson's jet helps in MH370 search

19:10, Apr 01 2014
Peter Jackson
HELPING SEARCH: The Gulfstream G550 private jet belonging to Peter Jackson, pictured in 2010.

Sir Peter Jackson's private jet is involved in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The plane disappeared about an hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, with 239 people on board. It is believed to have changed course and to have crashed into the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.

The makers of Jackson's $80 million Gulfstream G650 describe it as an "ultra-high-speed, ultra-long-range business jet".

The Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre, which is co-ordinating the Perth-based search, said a civilian jet was being used as a communications relay for military aircraft searching for the airliner. It would not comment further, Radio NZ reported.

A spokesperson for Sir Peter confirmed his Gulfstream G650 jet was being used in the search.

The G650 flies faster and farther than any aircraft used by the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

It has a top speed close to the speed of sound around 1140kmh, and a range of 12,960km, allowing non-stop flights between Wellington and Los Angeles.

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