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New clue found in Amelia Earhart mystery

Posted on Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 | Comment icon 32 comments

Amelia Earhart. Image Credit: Harris and Ewing
A newspaper photograph of Earhart's plane taken in 1937 could hold the key to her disappearance.
One of the most enduring mysteries of the modern era, the disappearance of famed aviator Amelia Earhart during an attempt to circumnavigate the world in 1937 has been the subject of investigations and debate for almost 80 years.

Now a potentially vital new clue has emerged in the form of a photograph of Earhart's plane that was captured by the Miami Herald just before she took off.

The image shows a piece of aluminum bolted to the plane, presumably to cover one of the windows, that was not present in any previous pictures. The metal plate seems to match an identical piece that was discovered in 1991 on a remote Pacific Island during a search for the crash site.

The find suggests that Earhart didn't go down over the ocean as some have believed but instead may have crash landed on a remote island where she and her navigator Fred Noonan may have survived for several days while waiting for help that never came.

Efforts are now underway to try and match the rivet pattern on the aluminum plate from the island with the one in the picture - if the two match then the mystery may have finally been solved.

Source: Fox News | Comments (32)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #23 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 4 July, 2014, 14:32
I read an article a little while back that supports some of the claims she survived for a while after her disappearance:
Comment icon #24 Posted by Myster0n on 18 July, 2014, 11:03
Actually it's called on maps should you google it or whatever "Burry Port" (although Anglicised) and in Welsh it's Porth Tywyn... district of Llanelli (where I'm from). Strange local fact/ knowledge of this is that she actually landed in the hamlet/ village before Burry Port = Pwll (which is Welsh for Pool) and they moved the plane to Burry Port (really not that far) because no-one could pronounce Pwll (unpronounced properly is hilariously funny and more of a failed whistle attempted than a word)!!!! Growing up, this was a big thing for the area and he... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 18 July, 2014, 15:01
Depends on which town you ask the question, and there's nothing wrong with good Welsh names.
Comment icon #26 Posted by 95-Nasty on 18 July, 2014, 15:06
Photos could prove Amelia Earhart lived as castaway
Comment icon #27 Posted by Silent Trinity on 19 July, 2014, 7:30
Wonder if she was bobbing around shouting 'WILSOOOOOOON' at a football :/ Seriously though this is a step int he right direction at least towards solving this enigmatic mystery.... don't be surprised if we don't have a Eureka moment though, Malaysian Airlines lost an entire Boeing 777 with 239 people on it only a few months back and we still haven't found that yet....
Comment icon #28 Posted by Myster0n on 23 July, 2014, 9:02
Thanks! That's pretty awesome link. heard of other stories on small Polynesian Islands but this is the most creditable, realistic with evidence of 'survival' habitation I've ever read!
Comment icon #29 Posted by Myster0n on 10 September, 2014, 17:54
Talking to my great Auntie the weekend and we got talking about AE and she told us the story of when she recalled meeting AE when she landed in Pwll/ Burry Port! Little anecdote, but thought that was interesting knowing someone who's met her!!!
Comment icon #30 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 10 September, 2014, 18:16
TIGHAR makes a living LOOKING for Amelia Earhart. The last thing they want to do is FIND her.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Yes_Man on 12 September, 2014, 16:35
I thought there was a rumour she was shot down by the Japanese. Found a news article published in 1987,3706181

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