Amelia Earhart’s Plane Maybe Found (Again)

TIGHAR points to sonar


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Almost 80 years after disappearing somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, the remains of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10 Electra remain elusive. But the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) has not stopped searching for over 20 years, and they, once again, are announcing a new lead.

In a sonar image of the ocean floor taken near the remote Pacific island of Nikumaroro, there is an anomaly that, according to TIGHAR, is a good fit for the size and shape of Earhart’s plane. It’s also in an area the group had earlier identified as being the most likely location of the wreck.

But TIGHAR has had its fair share of false leads, and the group acknowledges that the anomaly could just be a coral feature or a sunken fishing boat. They will continue analyzing the image, and once they’ve raised enough money, they will return to Nikumaroro to verify the find.

More on TIGHAR’s relentless search for Earhart.

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