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It appears Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan died as castaways on a tiny atoll after their plane went down.
Researchers have suspected as much for decades, but there’s been no positive proof…until now.
A fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
New research strongly suggests that a piece of aluminum aircraft debris (Photo) recovered in 1991 from Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, does belong to Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed Electra.
The breakthrough would prove that, contrary to what was generally believed, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, did not crash in the Pacific Ocean, running out of fuel somewhere near their target destination of Howland Island.
(Photo courtesy Miami Herald)
Instead, they made a forced landing on Nikumaroro' smooth, flat coral reef. The two became castaways and eventually died on the atoll, which is some 350 miles southeast of Howland Island.
It’s the first time an artifact found on Nikumaroro has been shown to have a direct link to Amelia Earhart. (Read full story at Discovery News)
This article from the Earhart Project webpage summarizes Amelia Earhart’s famous last flight, and documents when the patch/fragment was put on the plane in place of a window.
You’ll also found out about TIGHAR (pronounced “tiger”) an acronym for The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting responsible aviation archaeology and historic preservation.
Time for me to walk on down the road…