"We are taking matters into our own hands," said Sarah Bajc, a U.S. citizen whose partner Philip Wood, 50, an IBM executive from Texas, who was on the flight when it disappeared on March 8.
"I'm convinced that somebody is concealing something," said Bajc, 48, a business studies teacher in Beijing and former executive with Microsoft.
The relatives got permission from Indiegogo to raise money for a reward, which the firm has not previously permitted, Bajc
Of the $5 million sought, $3 million will be put up as reward for a whistle-blower to come forward.
The campaign will hire a professional company licensed to operate in multiple countries.
expects its work to include securing court orders, such as to pull cellphone tower records from underneath the flight path.
The campaign is an initiative of family members from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, France and India, Bajc
said, and does not involve relatives of passengers from China or Malaysia, whose citizens formed the majority of passengers on the flight.
"Granted, $2 million in investigation services won't go very far," Bajc
"Clearly, they've already spent $100 million dollars and they've gotten nothing.
But we're not going to approach it with boats in the ocean, we're going to approach it with human intelligence," she
Potential donors should understand "there are no promises here, but we believe we need to try something, if we just sit back on our heels and allow the existing path to continue, I don't think this will ever be solved," she
The relatives hope they turn up a "a whistle-blower who says, 'I know where to find this,' " or a flight controller who can access new data, but expect they will also encounter "some unethical people," Bajc
"If there was any evidence that that plane was wrecked in the water, even a seat cushion, I would be taking a totally different approach," Bajc