Mission Begins to Find Earhart’s Plane

Searching near the Pacific nation of Kiribati


On the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, a team of scientists, historians and salvagers has embarked on a month-long expedition to find out what happened to the famous aviator over the South Pacific. Encouraged by the U.S. State Department, the team started searching for wreckage of Earhart’s plane near the Pacific nation of Kiribati Tuesday. They believe Earhart survived the crash and that they can locate the wreckage with sophisticated underwater equipment. “Everything has pointed to the airplane having gone over the edge of that reef in a particular spot and the wreckage ought to be right down there,” said Ric Gillespie, the founder and executive director of salvage company The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. A different group with another theory behind the crash has plans for an expedition in 2013.

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