Searching for Amelia
Amelia Earhart went missing 75 years ago. A new clue may help experts find the lost pilot’s plane.
By 1937, Amelia Earhart’s high-flying feats had made her world-famous. She had become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. On May 20 of that year, she set out on an even more daring flight: an attempt to circle the globe. But over the Pacific Ocean, her plane vanished. What happened to Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, remains a mystery. Now, 75 years later, a team of researchers has new evidence that could help crack the case.
For the past two decades, the search for Earhart has centered on Nikumaroro (nik-oo-mah-ROH-roh), a small uninhabited island in the South Pacific. Researchers have found artifacts, including pieces of a knife, that they think belonged to Earhart. They speculate that Earhart and Noonan crash-landed near the island and spent their final days as castaways there.
The latest possible clue is a photo taken in October 1937 of a shipwreck near Nikumaroro. Historians recently noticed something sticking out of the water, which they think could be part of Earhart’s plane.
In July, wreckage-recovery experts will search the area where the photo was taken. They plan to use high-tech underwater robots to hunt for remains of Earhart and her plane.
The new mission has the support of the U.S. government, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She has called Earhart one of her heroes.
“She gave people hope, and she inspired them to dream bigger and bolder,” Clinton told reporters last month.