According to reports, a sonar image captured off an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati could be the remains of Amelia Earhart’s plane Electra. She was was piloting the plane when she vanished on July 2, 1937, during her attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), has been investigating Earhart’s last flight for a long time and have images that show an anomaly resting at the depth of about 600 feet in the water off Nikumaroro island, 350 miles southeast of Earhart’s target destination, Howland Island.
Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR told Discovery News, “It is truly an anomaly, and when you’re looking for man-made objects against a natural background, anomalies are good,”
Perhaps after all, TIGHAR has conclusive results. The number of artifacts recovered by the team during 10 expeditions indicate that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, made a forced landing on the islands smooth, flat coral reef, becoming castaways, and eventually died there.
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