Researchers Believe Metal Patch Found Over 20 Years Ago May Point to Amelia Earhart’s Plane Location

Amelia Earhart with her Lockheed Electra. (Photo: Purdue University Libraries)
Amelia Earhart with her Lockheed Electra.
(Photo: Purdue University Libraries)

Researchers say they are increasingly confident that a piece of aluminum found on a remote Pacific atoll more than 20 years ago probably came from the airplane flown by Amelia Earhart on her ill-fated attempt to circle the world in 1937.

The metal sheet, found in 1991 with other possible Earhart artifacts on Nikumaroro, in Kiribati, appears to be the patch that replaced a navigational window on her Lockheed Electra during an eight-day layover in Miami, her fourth stop, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery announced.

The finding bolsters the group’s speculation that an “anomaly” detected by sonar 600 feet deep off the coral atoll’s west end in 2012 may be the remains of the fuselage.

Another expedition is planned for June to examine the steep, underwater mountainside and search the island for evidence of the campsite that Earhart and Noonan built as castaways. Their remains have never been found.

 

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SOURCE: USA Today – Michael Winter

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