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Amelia Earhart’s Plane Found Buried In The Ocean?

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An extensive search has been conducted this summer on behalf of the International Group For Historic Aircraft Recovery for Amelia Earhart’s plane, which researchers believe may have crash-landed on the island of Nikumororo and gotten sucked under by the strong currents. New photographic evidence has the explorers excited that they’ve finally found what they’ve been looking for.

It has long been believed that Earhart crashed into the ocean, taking her legacy and that of her navigator, Fred Noonan, with it. But those who have studied Earhart’s flight plan and the area she was believed to have gone down in think she actually survived the crash and managed to live on the island with Noonan for some time. Evidence found points to two people having lived there for a short time, and that part of the island hasn’t been inhabited by humans.

The evidence researchers have found relating to the plane may not be much. The parts they have found are covered in mounds of coral and take a trained eye to spot in the murky depths of the ocean, and it’s believed that the strong undersea turbulence has not been kind to the remains of the Lockheed Electra. Still, those on the expedition are hopeful that the video they’ve recovered from their excursion will help them identify exactly where the craft is, putting an end to a 75-year old mystery.

“Early media reports rushed to judgment in saying that the expedition didn’t find anything,” Ric Gillespie, TIGHAR executive director, said. “We had, of course, hoped to see large pieces of aircraft wreckage but as soon as we saw the severe underwater environment at Nikumaroro we knew that we would be looking for debris from an airplane that had been torn to pieces 75 years ago.”

Amelia Earhart’s Plane Found Buried In The Ocean?


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  • http://www.SpecialBooks.com/AEHunt.htm Douglas Westfall

    But they didn’t find anything. She’s not there — the plane’s not there.

    Amelia’s Lockheed Electra was within 75 miles of her target Howland Island when her radio cut out. Then the US sent nine ships, 66 aircraft, and well over 3,000 sailors and airmen. They covered well over 250,000 sq. miles of open sea and every island within a 650 mile radius of Howland.

    US CGC Itasca Chief Radioman Leo Bellarts 30, was on watch that morning and said: “In the early morning, signals came in pretty good. I actually did go outside and stand right out the radio shack and thought I would hear a motor any second. Her voice was loud and clear; sounded frantic on her last transmission. Then it cut off.”

    Amelia Earhart was an American heroine, a record-breaking aviatrix, and a celebrity world wide.

    Earhart was not a spy — she was a decoy.

    You Search for what you want to keep; you Hunt for what you want to catch.

    Taken from, The Hunt For Amelia Earhart
    Douglas Westfall, historic publisher, Specialbooks.com

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