The 75th anniversary of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart has stimulated a new high-tech search for the lost pilot and her navigator. This time it’s with the support of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
There is evidence to support the idea that Earhart may have survived as a castaway on an island and the new search will use deep underwater vehicles to look for potential remains of Earhart and those of her plane. The attractive pilot vanished mysteriously while flying over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, during a her record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
On July 2, the 75th anniversary of Earhart’s disappearance, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) team will sail from Honolulu aboard the University of Hawaii oceanographic research ship R/V Ka Imikai-O-Kanaloa.
The search is planned July 2, the 75th anniversary of Earhart’s disappearance in the waters off Nikumaroro. Nikumaroro is an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati and it is thought that the legendary pilot may have died there as a castaway.
The U.S. State Department, with support from Hillary Clinton and the Discovery Channel, which be documenting the expedition for a television special to be aired later in the year.
The expedition itself will be led by the TIGHAR team , which has been investigating Earhart’s disastrous last flight for a long time.
Archival records describe the discovery of the partial skeleton and campsite of a female castaway on Nikumaroro in 1940 and a place on a remote corner of an atoll that fits the description of where the bones and campsite were found. Other artifacts exist that might describe the belongings of an American woman of the 1930’s era.
Click on Discovery News to read more details about the renewed search along with comments from Hillary Clinton and Ric Gillespie, TIGHAR’s executive director.