Amelia Earhart's plane may have just been discovered 16,000ft underwater
By T.K. Randall
January 29, 2024 · 5 comments
Is this Amelia Earhart's plane ? Image Credit: Deep Sea Vision
An undersea mapping firm has captured a sonar image that is thought to show the late aviator'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.
Now, though, a potentially game-changing new discovery in the Pacific Ocean approximately 100 miles from Howland Island (where Earhart had stopped to refuel her plane just prior to disappearing) has the potential to solve the mystery once and for all.
According to reports, South Carolina-based underwater mapping team Deep Sea Vision has captured a clear sonar image of what appears to be an aircraft on the seafloor around 16,000ft beneath the surface.
The search, which was funded by pilot and former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer Tony Romeo, involved scanning over 5,200 square miles of the ocean floor over several months.
"This is maybe the most exciting thing I'll ever do in my life," Romeo told The Wall Street Journal
"I feel like a 10-year-old going on a treasure hunt."
The sonar images were captured by the team's "Hugin" submersible and while it's impossible to say right now whether the object is Earhart's plane, it certainly seems to be an aircraft of some sort.
Romeo is now planning to return at a later date to investigate the find more closely.
"Until you physically take a look at this, there's no way to say for sure what that is," said underwater archaeologist Andrew Pietruszka.
Source: CBS News
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