A new clue about Amelia Earhart and her plane’s mysterious disappearance was found after 86 years.
Using Sonar imaging technology, the ocean exploration company, Deep Sea Vision, mapped the ocean floor and captured a blurred image that resembles the shape of a small aircraft speculated as Earhart’s Lockheed 10-E Electra.
ABOUT AMELIA EARHART
Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean, earning her the Distinguished Flying Cross. Which makes her milestones a remarkable feat, especially for women in aviation. In her quest to circumnavigate the globe in 1937, Earhart disappeared somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Despite her disappearance, her achievements remained remarkable, especially in a profession dominated by men.
THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE
The discovery of a small aircraft may be progress in the investigation but experts note that further investigation is needed to confirm the speculation, whether the detected aircraft is Earhart’s plane. To confirm, experts explained that a closer look at the said aircraft is needed by using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with a camera to scrutinize the details of the object and to assess the feasibility of the recovery of the aircraft.
During Earhart’s and her plane’s disappearance in 1937, a large-scale U.S. search operation was conducted, which was unfortunately unsuccessful. Romeo, a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, believed that the plane’s wreckage is located more than 5,000 meters deep and about 160 km from Howland Island. This means that the plane is between Hawaii and Australia.
THEORIES ON EARHART’S DISAPPEARANCE
This recent discovery unearthed buried discussions and theories about the plane and Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, such as conjectures about Earhart crashing in the Marshall Islands, surviving as a castaway, or running out of fuel and crashing into the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. One of the renowned theories of Earhart’s mysterious disappearance is that she was eaten by crabs on Nikumaroro Island, where Earhart could have stayed for a while. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) hypothesized that Earhart and Noonan couldn’t find the island in the Pacific where they were supposed to land. Instead, they landed in Nikumaroro, which is surrounded by a reef that could be their runway. Further, they hypothesized that Noonan died, the plane floated off the reef, and Earhart was left alone on the island to be eaten by the crabs later.