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Amelia Earhart’s Plane May Have Been Found Using Sonar

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Amelia Earhart’s Plane May Have Been Found Using Sonar
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In 1937, Amelia Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the Earth in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra airplane. Radio contact with the pilot was lost over the Pacific Ocean, and both Earhart and the plane were never found.

Throughout the years, Earhart’s disappearance has been the subject of novels, movies, and conspiracy theories. Many expeditions have been launched to find the plane, and many people have claimed to have discovered Earhart’s fate. Now a sonar technology may have finally solved the 76-year-old mystery.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) this week released a blurry sonar image of an “anomaly” that could be Earhart’s plane. According to TIGHAR, the object is the correct size and shape for the Electra, and it’s located in a spot where Earhart may have crashed.

The image was taken at around 700 feet below sea level using an underwater vehicle that scanned the coastline of Nikumaroro Island, located in the middle of the Pacific. The scan was testing the theory that Earhart’s plane crashed onto the island’s reef, with the wreckage later being swept over the edge of the reef.

Researchers are excited, and do not believe the anomaly is simply a rock. The image also shows what appear to be “drag” markings, which could indicate that the object landed and was then moved by storms or strong tides.

TIGHAR researchers have not yet been able to confirm that the anomaly is, in fact, Earharts’s Electra. The previous expedition was forced to cut its investigation of Nikumaroro’s underwater cliffs short, due to equipment problems. The organization is currently raising money to mount another expedition to Nikumaroro.

(Image courtesy TIGHAR)

Amelia Earhart’s Plane May Have Been Found Using Sonar
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  • Derp Herpson

    Took ‘em long enough lol

  • john

    I don’t see it ?

  • http://boomy.com LolCat

    HOLY. SHIRT.

  • BDS

    They are going to find Earhart has transformed into a mermaid, and is still living on the bottom of the ocean all these years!!

  • Will

    How ’bout a little privacy? If she WANTED to be found she’d have said so!

  • Tony

    It’s an albino eel. Amelia is sitting right here in a rocking chair.

  • Larry

    Why are they wasting money and time looking for someone who crashed more than a half century ago?

    • Charles

      They are searching because they want to solve the mystery. They don’t consider it a waste of either time or money. They do not take one penny from the government, which means no taxes are being wasted.

  • GC

    Most of these expeditions are privately funded. If tax dollars were used, it would be a disgrace and unfair to the working-tax paying class.

  • http://yahoo jerry

    That exact sonar found Nessie!

  • Brian

    Now Dale Jr can rest…..they found his aunts plane and we all know about the Daytona 500

  • Bubaboy

    This looks like one of those autostereogram pictures, that you have to stare out for long periods of time to see the image.

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

    “No pilot in their right mind is going to fly 90° off their flight path, for 350 miles, to look for an island they don’t have charts for, when they can’t find the island they do have charts for, on no gas.” — Douglas Westfall

    • Victor Delafuente

      Douglas,

      I agree…but what if they were just drifting off their flight path over several hundred miles and ended up 350 miles from their originally planned flight path, another words they were lost? It’s very possible, instruments and humans make errors.

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