Distress calls believed to have been sent by aviator Amelia Earhart were largely dismissed for 75 years.
Transmissions picked up just hours after Earhart had gone missing in 1937 prompted a massive search and rescue operation, but when nothing was found the signals were discounted as bogus and largely dismissed. Now thanks to new research the signals have been brought back in to the limelight and suggest that Earhart's plane must have both been on land and upright for some time after she had gone missing.
"Amelia Earhart did not simply vanish on July 2, 1937," said Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. "Radio distress calls believed to have been sent from the missing plane dominated the headlines and drove much of the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy search."
"Dozens of previously dismissed radio signals were actually credible transmissions from Amelia Earhart, according to a new study of the alleged post-loss signals from Earhart's plane."
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