Sir Peter Jackson's personal Gulfstream jet is being used in
the search for the missing Malaysian passenger jet, according
to Radio New Zealand.
Radio New Zealand producer Kate Chapman said Sir Peter had
personally given the okay for the jet to be used in the
Sir Peter's staff had earlier declined to comment to the
Herald and APNZ that the jet was being used to search for
MH370, which went missing on March 8 with 239 people aboard.
Australian authorities co-ordinating the search had also
previously declined to comment on whether the Lord of the
Rings' and Hobbit director's jet was being used.
Inquiries were made after a list of participating countries
and what resources they providing revealed a New Zealand
military plane and a New Zealand civilian plane were taking
part in the search.
Chapman said this morning that Radio New Zealand had received
a tip that the civilian aircraft involved in the search was
After initially denying that it was his, a spokesman for Sir
Peter later confirmed the jet had been chartered to
The jet was not donated to help in the search effort, rather
the company which operated the jet had accepted a charter
offer with Sir Peter's permission, Chapman said.
The jet was being used to relay messages between different
points, facilitating communication between others involved in
the search, she said.
Sir Peter bought the jet last March for around $80 million.
It is managed by charter service Execujet and is based in
Gulfstream describes the G650 on its website as an
"ultra-high-speed, ultra-long-range business jet" and as the
"gold standard in business aviation".
"The flagship of the Gulfstream fleet flies faster, farther,
and more comfortably than any other business aircraft in its
The jet can carry eight passengers and a crew of four on
nonstop legs more than 12,000km.