Sunday, June 10, 2012

Left Side of the Aisle #60 - Part 6

And Another Thing: More evidence on what happened to Amelia Earhart

In 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were flying over the Pacific Ocean, attempting fly around the world at the equator. The plane disappeared and for 73 years what happened to it remained a mystery, with most thinking the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea.

But in June 2010, a group of investigators trying to find out what happened to Earhart and Noonan claimed to have found evidence that the pair might have been able to land on a remote, uninhabited island now called Nikumaroro, also known as Gardner's Island. Clearly, based on the evidence, someone was marooned of that island, the question was and is who.

Now, according to a new study by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, released just in time for the 75th anniversary of Earhart's disappearance on July 2, some radio signals recorded in the hours after Earhart's last inflight message, which previously were dismissed as bogus, were in fact genuine. If they are, it would mean that the plane was on the ground somewhere, on its wheels, for several days after the supposed crash into the Pacific, with Nikumaroro the obvious and likely choice.

It would also mean, more somberly, that Earhart and Noonan might have lived for weeks, even months, on the island before dying there as castaways.


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