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Has Amelia Earhart's plane been found ?

Posted on Monday, 20 August, 2012 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A plane wreck has been discovered where analysts believe the famed aviator went down in 1937.

While the identity of the wreck has yet to be confirmed, a wheel and part of a landing gear has been discovered in the Pacific off the coast of Nikumaroro Island in the precise area that it was believed her plane crashed. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery have been undertaking a $2.2M expedition to find the wreckage.

"We don't know whether it's her plane, but what we have is a debris field in a place where there should be a debris field if what we had put together based on the evidence that we had is correct," said executive director Ric Gillespie.

"Based on the last thing Earhart ever said over the radio, she was on a navigational line called 157337, which has two other islands along it other than Howard Island, which was where Earhart was aiming to land."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by 27vet on 21 August, 2012, 6:05
Bones were found back in the 1940s or 50s but have since been lost or destroyed, as they weren't suspected of being Earhart's back then.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Antilles on 21 August, 2012, 6:53
You know, I'd really like to think they'd found something concrete, but it looks to me like they're putting anything out there to keep their funding going. Which is OK if they have a good chance of finding her and Noonan. I hope they do because I'd really like to know what happened.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Grimm Outlook on 21 August, 2012, 15:02
They said on the show the pieces were 1000 feet down.I Think they are just reaching.there have been stories out there forever that the Japanese killed her and her co pilot and buried them on the howland islands,a soldier also reportedly found her briefcase shortly after ww2 there too,and there was also a story she was alive and well living in the usa until her death in 2002,so wtf knows?
Comment icon #12 Posted by 27vet on 21 August, 2012, 19:11
1000 feet down is quite deep and would require a robot to retrieve the debris. I like the bit about alive and well in the USA. Maybe Elvis is also alive and well?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Grubble on 22 August, 2012, 8:10
I've heard differents tales about what happened to her, I hope they finally get some proof so we can (hopefully) find out for good what happened
Comment icon #14 Posted by Rafterman on 22 August, 2012, 11:11
The problem with the Discovery Channel show is that they didn't offer any counter theories to the one that TIGHAR was putting forward. Heck, they didn't even question anything the TIGHAR team was saying. I don't know about you, but I thought I was watching the South Pacific version of Finding Bigfoot. For those of you who don't know, the TIGHAR theory is a "fringe" theory when it comes to Earhart and pretty much the only ones who buy it are TIGHAR and their funders. Here are two pieces by Brian Dunning that offer a little different take on their theories and their... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by bewizardry_unharmonic on 22 August, 2012, 15:54
I watched a documentary about Earhart and they went to an Island that they thought she may have swam too after the crash. The interviewed a really old woman who lived on the island and she said when she was very little in 1937 the island was buzzing because there were rumours there was a white lady on the island dressed in a uniform (pilots clothes). This woman said she saw this lady being taken around the island by these military men who had a base on the island and then they made her go on her knees, they blindfolded her and then shot her. The locals were told afterwards that the woman was a... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Rafterman on 22 August, 2012, 18:10
The thing is, there are dozens if not hundreds of such stories and none of them really offer much evidence to support their claims. Frankly, I've never bought into the "Japanese executed/imprisoned her" theory as I really don't see much reason for them to do that. It not like the flight was a big secret. It was a world-wide media event and it would have been somewhat of a PR coup for the Japanese to have rescued her. In fact, several Japanese ships participated in the searches around Howland Island after she disappeared.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Grimm Outlook on 22 August, 2012, 21:53
He's living in an all hippie community with jim morrison,jimmy hoffa,judge crater,and db cooper.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Grimm Outlook on 22 August, 2012, 21:55
Told ya! just can't make this stuff up!

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