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The Amelia Earhart mystery might be solved

by Phantom Ace ( 4 Comments › )
Filed under Headlines, History at June 3rd, 2012 - 12:23 am

In 1937, Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific. Now 75 years later the mystery may be solved!

For decades, pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart was said to have “disappeared” over the Pacific on her quest to circle the globe along a 29,000-mile equatorial route.

Now, new information gives a clearer picture of what happened 75 years ago to Ms. Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan, where they came down and how they likely survived – for a while, at least – as castaways on a remote island, catching rainwater and eating fish, shellfish, and turtles to survive.


“Amelia Earhart did not simply vanish on July 2, 1937,” Richard Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, told Discovery News. “Radio distress calls believed to have been sent from the missing plane dominated the headlines and drove much of the US Coast Guard and Navy search.”

“When the search failed, all of the reported post-loss radio signals were categorically dismissed as bogus and have been largely ignored ever since,” Mr. Gillespie said. But the results of the study, he said, “suggest that the aircraft was on land and on its wheels for several days following the disappearance.”

In addition, several artifacts found years ago – some of it discovered by Pacific islanders who later inhabited the island – seem to confirm TIGHAR’s conclusion.

If this study proves to be correct, the Amelia Earhart mystery can finally be put to rest.

(Hat Tip: Waldesianspirit)



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4 Responses to “The Amelia Earhart mystery might be solved”
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  1. 1 | June 3, 2012 12:31 am

    Rodan, I have a personal connection to Amelia Earhart. The house I grew up in was owned by Amelia in the mid 1930’s.

  2. gibsonz
    2 | June 3, 2012 12:53 am

    Gardner Island should have been the logical starting point of any search…I have never understood the ignorance that surrounded this ‘mystery’!

  3. 3 | June 3, 2012 8:14 am

    @ savage:

    [Cue Twilight Zone Theme]

  4. The Osprey
    4 | June 3, 2012 10:11 pm

    Okay so if they were able to survive with captured rainwater and eat birds, fish, and shellfish, what happened to them?

    Captured by a Japanese patrol?

    Eaten by cannibals?

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