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Is Amelia Earhart's plane in Nikumaroro ?

By T.K. Randall
May 30, 2015 · Comment icon 7 comments

Earhart in her plane before embarking on a flight. Image Credit: Harris and Ewing
Researchers will be attempting to locate the remains of the famed aviator's aircraft next month.
When Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in her Lockheed Model 10 Electra in 1937, the question of what happened to her would go on to become one of the most enduring mysteries of the modern age.

In recent years however clues have been found suggesting that Earhart's plane may have gone down somewhere in the remote Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro and that the aviator and her navigator Fred Noonan may have even survived for several days on a small island while awaiting rescue.

Next month The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery ( TIGHAR ) will be embarking on their latest expedition to the region as part of their ongoing efforts to solve the mystery.
"We'll use a camera-equipped underwater Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to investigate a sonar anomaly at a depth of 600 feet that could be the fuselage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra," said executive director Ric Gillespie.

The group had previously explored a castaway encampment on the south-east end of the atoll that they believe may have been used by Earhart and Noonan after their plane crashed.

"It's an established archaeological site where we know a castaway died - apparently female and of Earhart's height and ethnic origin - and where we have found artifacts that speak of an American woman of the 1930s," said Gillespie.

Finding the wreckage of her plane however would effectively solve the mystery once and for all.

Source: Fox News | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by stereologist 9 years ago
After reading this and remembering that they have been to this location a number of times I did not read that they had equipment to try and raise the wreckage should it turnout to be the plane. If it is the plane will this be the end of the TIGHAR group?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hammerclaw 9 years ago
Jousting at windmills requires a strong component of belief.
Comment icon #3 Posted by McFakename 9 years ago
I hope it is the site of the downed plane but I also hope it isn't. One hand I want to know what happened but on the other hand I so love the story and mystery
Comment icon #4 Posted by Myles 9 years ago
I hope they find the wreckage. It seems that even without the wreckage, there is enough already to be fairly certain this was her last stop.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Paranormal_Etcetera 9 years ago
Mysteries are good. But if this one is solved, there are still many many others enjoy reading about.
Comment icon #6 Posted by STUPID FACE CHINESE WOMEN 9 years ago
Hope they do solve the mystery. Would be so interesting..
Comment icon #7 Posted by Still Waters 9 years ago
Latest - The search for Amelia Earhart is continuing through more downs than ups in Nikumaroro, an uninhabited South Pacific atoll in the republic of Kiribati.Researchers of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) who began scouring the ground of Nutiran, an area at the northwestern end of the island, have come to the conclusion that Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan did not possibly use that particular site as their base after their alleged forced landing on Nikumaroro's flat coral reef.

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