Monday, September 27, 2010

Amelia Earhart's last stop

Amelia Earhart was the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1936 she set forth on a 29,000 mile journey around the world.
Amidst the last 7,000 miles of her second attempt she broadcast her last radio transmission, stating:
"we are running on line"
then she disappeared into the abyss.

Many theories arose ranging from suicide to spy allegations.
All that may be put to rest as it seems her remains were found 300 miles southeast from her last know location.
It appeared Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan had landed on the flat coral reef off the island of Nikumaroro.

180 radio communications were reported to have been transmitted by the duo in the week following the disappearance. Which would suggest they had survived the landing.
The plane was believed to have been located on the island by satellite.
A partial skeleton was found on an area not likely to have been spotted in the event of an aerial search.
That skeleton found in 1940 has been lost to time but was defined as being consistent with females of European descent in the U.S. today & holding the same stature as Amelia.
The skeleton was partial due to the fact that the majority of the bones were likely to have been carried off by giant coconut crabs, which means it's likely some bones may still reside deep in the crabs burrows on the island.

Also present were:
-a woman's shoe
-2 pieces of glass believed to belong to a 1930's compact mirror
-20th-century makeup
-an empty bottle
-a sextant box with a serial number matching that of one known to be carried by Noonan.

A return exploration shall be conducted by the
The International Group for Historic Airplane Recovery (TIGHAR)
who originally made the voyage in 2007.
They hope to retrieve DNA which will prove once and for all that Amelia Earhart spent her last days on the island of Nikumaroro.

The last known footage of Amelia:

The Earhart Project

The latest expedition to the site (5/19/10 - 6/14/10)