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Families' next step: Demanding answers from Boeing on MH370

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(CNN) -- Families of Flight 370 passengers are taking a new step in their desperate search for information on what happened to their loved ones: turning to a U.S. company.

While pushing Malaysian authorities for answers, "we're also extending our reach now," Sarah Bajc, partner of passenger Philip Wood, told CNN Thursday.

"There is a subset of those questions, including some new ones, that are much more technical that we will be bringing directly to Boeing. Boeing has a shareholders meeting next week. And if we're not getting information directly from Malaysia Airlines and from the Malaysian government, we might as well try to go directly to the source.

"Boeing is a publicly traded company in the United States and that puts them in a position of a little bit more fiduciary responsibility," she said on "New Day."

The missing flight was a Boeing 777. The company had no immediate comment when contacted early Thursday by CNN.

In a statement earlier this month, Boeing said, "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies continue to be with the families and loved ones of those aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Under the international protocols established for aviation accident investigations, Boeing continues to serve as a technical adviser to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, in support of the Malaysian authorities."

Bajc's announcement came after the Malaysian government did not release its preliminary report on the flight's disappearance. The report was sent to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the U.N. body for global aviation, but not made available to the public.

"They seem to be choosing to treat us as if we are the enemy as opposed to an interested party in helping to solve this mystery," said Bajc.

"We need a fresh start here," she added. "We've been sitting on opposite sides of the table. They have a briefing, they tell us what they know and we ask them questions. That's just kind of broken. I think we need to start from scratch and sit down and have a positive dialogue."

Certain families who are acting as leaders within the group would be willing to sign confidentiality agreements to see the report, she said.

Families don't "necessarily believe" that the Malaysian authorities are "withholding any new information other than the facts that we've already asked for," she added.

A committee representing some of the Chinese families have posted 26 questions on the Chinese social media site Weibo.

Usually, such reports to the ICAO are public, says CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest.

"In most cases, the report is published because it's not a controversial document," he said. "It's a statement of facts -- what happened. And if there are any controversial or difficult facts, they can be redacted."

Malaysia has insisted it has nothing to hide and is working to find answers. Government officials said they have not yet decided whether they will make the report public.

The ICAO told CNN about a safety recommendation in the report: Malaysia said the aviation world needs to look at real-time tracking of commercial aircraft.

It's the same recommendation that was made after the Air France Flight 447 disaster in 2009. But "nothing seems to have happened," Quest said. "To suggest in the future that all planes worldwide are tracked in real time, one might suggest, is a pretty noncontroversial suggestion."
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