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Malaysian authorities said Wednesday that French satellite imagery showed 122 floating objects, all possibly linked to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The announcement comes two days after officials said that the plane crashed in the South Indian Ocean and that none of the 239 people on board survived.
The images are further evidence that the plane went down in a remote area 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, reports The LA Times. China, Australia, the U.S., New Zealand, Japan and South Korea have dispatched 12 planes to search the area.
“This is still the most credible lead that we have," Malaysia’s transportation minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, said Wednesday. “It corroborates that there is some form of debris. If we can confirm it came from MH 370, we can move on to the next phase of deep sea surveillance, search and rescue.”
Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting that Chicago-based law firm Ribbeck Law said it should be prepared to represent at least half of the passengers of the flight in court against Boeing, the maker of the plane. The firm said that it filed for a motion of discovery against Boeing and Malaysian Airlines in Cook County court.
The plane went missing on March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. China has already demanded to see the satellite data that lead Malaysian officials to conclude that the plane went down. Two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese.