A team of researchers announced on Thursday that they believe they have found the plane of a renowned female aviator.
As most American’s learn in school, aviator Amelia Earhart started her trip to circumnavigate the globe in 1937 but disappeared mid-flight. Over the years there have been numerous theories about what happened to her on that flight that keeps the mystery of her disappearance fresh to this day.
Theories are that she crashed into the ocean, or was captured by the Japanese and the latest is that she survived on a remote Pacific Island called Nikumaroro with her navigator, Fred Noonan. In 2010, a jar of anti-freckle cream from the 1930s, a bone-handled pocket knife, a clothing zipper from the 1930s and a pile of fish and bird bones were found on that island by The International Group for Historic Airport Recovery (TIGHAR). Read full story here.
Now the same group says they have a sonar images taken near this same island that looks like part of Amelia’s plane. What makes it so hopeful is that the anomaly is unlike any other.
“What initially got our attention is that there is no other sonar return like it in the entire body of data collected, Ric Gillespie the director of TIGHAR told Discovery News. “It is the right size, it’s the right shape, and it’s in the right place.”
Plus, a photograph taken by a military survey ship in that same area shows something sticking out of the water which looks like a plane’s landing gear, reports The Independent.
The team is theorizing that Earhart’s plane landed on the dry reef. Earhart and Noonan probably died from either dehydration or food poisoning from the toxic fish. Later the plane was pushed by the pacific winds and strong tide where it slipped into the ocean and down the sides of the reef landing in the water below, where it has been sitting waiting for someone to discover it.
Click here to see the sonar image.