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New clue found in Amelia Earhart mystery

By T.K. Randall
July 2, 2014 · Comment icon 34 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 (34)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #25 Posted by John Wesley Boyd 9 years ago
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 hearing of stories made me interested in str... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by 95-Nasty 9 years ago
Photos could prove Amelia Earhart lived as castaway By Rossella Lorenzi Published June 27, 2013 Discovery News Facebook333 Twitter113 livefyre14 A contact sheet with aerial images of Nikumaroro, the island where Amelia Earhart and her navigator are believed to have survived for a time as castaways.Tighar An array of detailed aerial photos of the remote island where Amelia Earhart may have survived for a time as a castaway, has resurfaced in a New Zealand museum archive, raising hopes for new photographic evidence about the fate of the legendary aviator. Found by Matthew O'Sullivan, keeper of p... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by Silent Trinity 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
Photos could prove Amelia Earhart lived as castaway By Rossella Lorenzi Published June 27, 2013 Discovery News Facebook333 Twitter113 livefyre14 A contact sheet with aerial images of Nikumaroro, the island where Amelia Earhart and her navigator are believed to have survived for a time as castaways.Tighar An array of detailed aerial photos of the remote island where Amelia Earhart may have survived for a time as a castaway, has resurfaced in a New Zealand museum archive, raising hopes for new photographic evidence about the fate of the legendary aviator. Found by Matthew O'Sullivan, keeper of p... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Myster0n 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
I thought there was a rumour she was shot down by the Japanese. Found a news article published in 1987 http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1917&dat=19860917&id=CRQhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=g3IFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5721,3706181
Comment icon #32 Posted by Myles 7 years ago
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/09/10/new-evidence-reportedly-indicates-amelia-earhardt-survived-crash.html
Comment icon #33 Posted by Myster0n 7 years ago
Unrelated, but also to do with Amelia Earhart. took these photo when I last visited Burry Port Harbour (Llanelli, Wales). This landing/ story inspired my interest ever since! https://goo.gl/photos/CwQ2c5wvxDGz1zuL7 https://goo.gl/photos/BrbLepawgAHCQjpf6 https://goo.gl/photos/rkyuqP1esZFRJEHC7 https://goo.gl/photos/ukgDnBtUTAK4gj4Z8 https://goo.gl/photos/GXQ9DAjrSwYBj3LU7 https://goo.gl/photos/NXS4UG9cBR6mjkQi7 https://goo.gl/photos/o2cdJDMmbMNjEdZy9 https://goo.gl/photos/2mXahpHPmeT9LHRAA https://goo.gl/photos/juBLMv6yuqcajrES8
Comment icon #34 Posted by Hammerclaw 7 years ago
Like the search for Noah's Ark, anything is evidence if you squint hard enough.


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