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New Amelia Earhart clue: unseen codes found on mystery metal panel

By T.K. Randall
December 1, 2022 · Comment icon 7 comments

Did Earhart end up on a remote Pacific atoll ? Image Credit: Library of Congress
Previously unseen letters and numbers have been found on a metal panel thought to have come from Earhart's plane.
More than 82 years after Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in her Lockheed Model 10 Electra, the question of what happened to her continues to remain one of the biggest unanswered mysteries of the modern age.

In recent years, 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.

Although efforts to locate her plane's wreckage in the water off the island have so far come up empty, in 1991, Richard Gillespie of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery did discover a mysterious metal plate there that looked like it could have come from an airplane.

While the plate didn't seem to be a component from Earhart's Electra, Gillespie later determined that it might have in fact been a patch that had been placed over one of the aircraft's windows in May 1937.
Now a renewed analysis of this metal plate has revealed previously unseen letters and numbers - such as 'D24', 'XRO' and either '355' or '385' - which could provide clues as to where the plate came from.

"We found what looks like stamped or painted marks that could be from the original manufacturer," said nuclear engineering professor Kenan Unlu from Pennsylvania State University.

"We don't know what they mean, but they are the first new information from this panel that has been examined by various experts with different scientific techniques for over 30 years."

While the discovery is unlikely to solve the mystery of Earhart's disappearance, it could help to confirm where the plate came from and whether or not it was used as a patch on the aviator's plane.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by NCC1701 2 years ago
355 and 385 are probably the numbers of the aluminium alloy. So that may say something about the time of manufacturing. The ocean is littered with aircraft parts that wash up.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
She certainly had captured America's imagination and heart. Quite a woman. RIP Amelia 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Myles 2 years ago
i haven't kept up with the search for a few years.  Does anyone remember if anything came out of the History Channels special investigation?   Now the makers of a new investigative special from the History Channel believe they have "the smoking gun" that answers the question of Earhart's disappearance aboard her Lockheed Electra once and for all: an old, cracked photograph found in the National Archives, showing a group of people on a dock in the Marshall Islands. Among the figures: two people who just might be Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. The show's experts say the short-hair... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Scholar4Truth 2 years ago
If indeed she had survived the crash, why I wonder would she choose not to make it known if this photo is a smoking gun. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by pellinore 2 years ago
I wonder if she is still alive.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Scholar4Truth 2 years ago
Doubt it unless she is 125 years old. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hammerclaw 2 years ago
That photo was debunked years ago as having been snipped from an old tourist brochure printed two years before her flight. Amelia Earhart mystery: Photo appears taken 2 years before pilot vanished | CNN

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