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Has Amelia Earhart's plane been found ?

By T.K. Randall
January 27, 2019 · Comment icon 12 comments

Earhart's plane may have crash-landed off Buka Island. Image Credit: Harris and Ewing
Researchers believe that they may have found the wreckage of Earhart's plane off Papua New Guinea.
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.

Now however, researchers investigating her disappearance believe that the wreckage of a plane found off the coast of Buka Island could in fact be the very aircraft she had been flying at the time.

"The Buka Island wreck site was directly on Amelia and Fred's flight path, and it is an area never searched following their disappearance," said Project Blue Angel director William Snavely.

"What we've found so far is consistent with the plane she flew."
Snavely, who has carefully traced Earhart and Noonan's flight path from Papua New Guinea to Howland Island, believes that they may have turned back after running short on fuel.

If true, then it is certainly possible that they could have gone down near Buka Island.

"Amelia's Electra had specific modifications done to it for this specific journey, and some of those unique modifications appear to be verified in the wreckage that's been found," said pilot and aerospace engineer Jill Meyers.

Efforts to conclusively identify the plane remain ongoing.

Source: Fox News | Comments (12)




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Comment icon #3 Posted by Hankenhunter 5 years ago
Wondering why they don't hoover it up, clean, and then report the results.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Myles 5 years ago
That's a long ways from Nikumaroro or the Marshall Islands.    I think that those were the most popular theories out there.  
Comment icon #5 Posted by DirtyDocMartens 5 years ago
I couldn’t find it reported anywhere but Fox News and the Daily Mail, neither of which strike me as particularly trustworthy. Has anyone tracked down the origin of this story?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
Only 149 Electras has been build... it's not a thousand build type WWII airplane with hundreds lost in the pacific. If it's a verified electra 10 with Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp S3H1, with just 15 produced, it's probably the good one. But they need more than a light lenses...
Comment icon #7 Posted by Eldorado 5 years ago
https://www.facebook.com/projectblueangel/
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles 5 years ago
I'm not sure if this site is legit or not. https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/02/03/wreck-found/   NOTE: The photo above is not the actual plane of Amelia Earhart. It is used to illustrate the story. The disappearance of famous pilot Amelia Earhart as she tried to circumnavigate the world in 1937 has obsessed many for years, with theories ranging from Earhart and her navigator dying on an island after they crashed in the ocean to being imprisoned by the Japanese military, suspected of spying. Now a group of researchers say they’ve found a wreck off Buka Island, Papua New Guinea, that could... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Myles 5 years ago
I realize there is another thread mentioning this film, but I thought I'd post here as well since this is more of an ongoing thread. There seems to be decent evidence of her crashing/landing is 3 different locations.   Hopefully one of them can be proven solid.    
Comment icon #10 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
They need to find convincing proof... this pacific region his littered by WWII planes. Cool that they continue to find new information but it look more like money grabbing for fun search in tropical weather. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by mugwort2 5 years ago
I agree the researchers, people who reported this info needs convincing proof.  What specificallt distinguishes this plane from the other airplanes of the same era and location.  What is the specific evidence?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hammerclaw 5 years ago
Ah, and so the Silly Season begins again, with Our Lady of Hyperbole. https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=75+years+of+amelia+earhart+covers&FORM=HDRSC2


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