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KUALA LUMPUR - Families of passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Saturday launched a campaign to privately fund a search for the aircraft.
Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, went missing on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, nearly three years ago, on March 8, 2014.
Australia, Malaysia, and China jointly called off a two-year underwater search for the aircraft in January.
Grace Nathan, a Malaysian lawyer whose mother, Anne Daisy, was on the plane, said the families hope to raise $15 million to fund an initial search north of the previous search area.
"We won't start fundraising until we're sure that the governments are not going to resume the search and until the current data has been fully reviewed and analyzed," she said at the campaign launch and MH370 memorial event held at a mall in Kuala Lumpur.
The three governments have said they will resume the search if any credible evidence on the whereabouts of the plane emerges.
International experts last year assisted Voice 370, a support group for MH370 next-of-kin, in mounting their own search along the East African coast where debris had been discovered.