For decades, experts, as well as conspiracy theorists, have speculated about the cause and results of the Amelia Earhart plane crash. One of the less likely theories suggests Earhart and Noonan crash-landed on a Japanese island where they were captured and executed, reports ITV News. The official report by the United States government concluded that the plane had fallen into the sea and both occupants were killed in the crash.
Another theory was that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan crashed on an island in the middle of the ocean. After 22 years of research, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) believes this is what actually happened.
TIGHAR suggests that Amelia's plane got lost attempting to find Howland Island, and wound up running low on fuel around Nikumaroro. As part of the evidence that Earhart and Noonan remained alive after crashing, radio distress calls traced to the island were still being sent from the disabled plane for several days.
Some of the more than 100 radio transmissions were reportedly heard as far away as Australia, Texas, and Florida. One of the calls by Earhart stresses that she is injured, but not as badly as her navigator, Noonan. The last of the distress calls mentioned rising waters and may have led to the plane, known as a Lockheed Electra, falling over a reef edge and into the ocean permanently.