Director Peter Jackson has given search teams hoping to recover the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight Mh370 a boost by lending them his private jet.

The Lord of the Rings filmmaker has chartered his Gulfstream G650 to the oceans off the coast of Australia to assist in the search for the plane, which disappeared last month (Mar14) with 239 people on board.

His spokesman Matt Dravitzki tells The New Zealand Herald, "Peter would not seek publicity for something like this and would actively avoid it in fact. 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.''

Jackson purchased the jet for $80 million (Gbp50 million) last year (13), according to The Hollywood Reporter.