Hello Amelia? Are you there?
Nearly 75 years after the disappearance of the legendary pilot Amelia Earhart, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery is about to launch an expedition that could finally locate the lost pilot. The company has created an updated deep underwater vehicle to search for remains of Earhart and her plane and will primarily focus in the Pacific waters off of Nikumaroro, where they believe Earhart died after surviving a few weeks as a castaway. Immediately after her crash, the Navy concluded the most plausible explanation was that Earhart’s plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific near Howland Island.
However, current research suggests that Earhart made it past Howland Island and crashed near Nikumaroro Island instead. Archival records indicate that there was a discovery in Nikumaroro in 1940 of remains of a female skeleton at a campsite and other archaeological digs support that “there have produced artifacts that speak of an American woman of the 1930’s” (Discovery). This expedition will focus on locating Earhart’s plane and will use high-tech machines, such as a multi-beam sonar, to produce a map of the deep sea and identify specific “targets”.
The expedition will span from Honolulu to Nikumaroro Island in the Pacific Ocean and identify areas of interest through an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. One major area of interests is an object that is protruding off of a coral reef and director member, Gillespie, and his Aircraft Recovery team believe that the shape and size of the protruding object might be Earhart’s plane. Although the evidence suggested does not provide complete proof of Amelia Earhart’s discovery, it does promote hope and the belief that the legendary pilot might one day be found. What do you think? Do you think Amelia Earhart will ever be found, or do you believe what happened to Amelia will always remain a mystery?