In 1937, one of the world’s most enduring mysteries occurred somewhere in the South Pacific. Amelia Earhart, the most famous female pilot in aviation history, navigator Fred Noonan, and their Lockheed Electra plane disappeared during a historic around-the-world flight attempt. She’s been gone for a long time, but the mystery remains unsolved and Earhart is still a fascinating tale. Well, the mystery may be drawing ever closer to being solved. Sonar images of the South Pacific Ocean may have revealed the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s plane.
“It’s the right size, it’s the right shape, and it’s in the right place,” says The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery AKA TIGHAR, the same group that believes it found Earhart’s bones on the same island. “So did (last summer’s) expedition actually succeed in locating the wreckage of the world’s most famous missing airplane? Or is this sonar target just a coral rock or ridge? Of course we’re not going to know until we can get back out there, but until then the anomaly is worth close study.”
The plane was found near Nikumaroro Island in Kiribati. That has long been the central point for the search for Earhart, and near where she was believed to have vanished during her flight. The debris certainly warrants further study to determine if it’s wreckage, a natural geological feature, or some unrelated wreckage.
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