The search for Amelia Earhart may finally be over. Researchers have found a field of debris near a small island in the Pacific and believe that the wreckage may be from the famed aviator’s plane.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery searched the area in June but ended their expedition with more questions than answers. After reviewing the underwater footage, however, the group believes that Earhart’s plane was filmed near Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati.
TIGHAR Director Ric Gillespie said:
“It’s still very early days, but we have man-made objects in a debris field in the place where we’d expect to find it if our theory on the airplane is correct.”
Gillespie said that the team was rushing through the underwater footage to give the Discovery Channel something for an upcoming special on Amelia Earhart when they noticed man made objects deep below the waves. Gillespie said that the footage does not give definitive proof that Earhart crashed near Nikumaroro, but it is enough for him to gather his team and had back to the Pacific island.
“We were rushing to get at least some video reviewed so we could show something (on Discovery…. We don’t want to oversell this. It’s more evidence. It is where it should be, and that is encouraging… If it does appear to be airplane wreckage, it becomes figuring out how to go back and look at it.”
Amelia Earhart was trying to circumnavigate the globe in 1937 with her navigator Fred Noonan. The pair left New Guinea on July 2nd, 1937, and were never seen again.
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