TIGHAR Ends Earhart Aircraft Search
Blames technical issues, topography
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery has ended a much publicized search for Amelia Earhart’s aircraft after being stymied by technical issues and difficult underwater topography. “After discussion and analysis of the results so far, they have decided that there is very little point in extending the trip,” Patricia Thrasher, the group’s president, said. She cited the difficulty of searching the steep underwater reef off of the island of Nikumaroro, where the group suspects Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan may have crashed 75 years ago. Earlier in the search, TIGHAR staff had located two objects that they suspected might be the missing plane, only to later identify them as a coral boulder and a piece of a nearby wreck, the Norwich City.