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Kiribati: Where is Amelia Earhart?

American aviator/pilot Amelia Earhart (1897-19...

American aviator/pilot Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) standing by her Lockheed Electra dressed in overalls, with Fred Noonan getting into the plane in the background. Parnamerim airfield, Natal, Brazil.(Compare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

E nang manga karaoaki te ukeuke ao kakae iaon Earhart

E nako ni bwanaan Kiribati ao te rongorongo are e nang manga waaki te kakae iaon Earhart ma n te tai aio ao e nang karaoaki i tari.

Piece of Metal May Be Link To Earhart
Published: December 8, 1996

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa., Dec. 7— A jagged scrap of aluminum found on an island in the Pacific is probably old enough to have come from Amelia Earhart’s last flight, preliminary tests have found, lending a wisp of support to the theory that the aviator landed on an island before vanishing 59 years ago.

But metals experts at the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh could not pinpoint the relic’s age.

”We can’t say it’s Amelia’s, but we can’t say it’s not from that time period,” Victor Zadnik, a chemist at the center, said on Thursday.

Richard Gillespie, a former charter pilot and aircraft accident investigator, found the tray-sized artifact during a visit in 1991 to Kiribati, a central Pacific island nation.

Mr. Gillespie says he believes that Earhart, who was trying to become the first woman to fly around the world, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, landed their two-engine Lockheed Electra on the Kiribati island of Nikumaroro and died there, undiscovered by would-be rescuers.

”At this preliminary point in looking at the results of the tests, I’m optimistic,” Mr. Gillespie said.

Earhart’s disappearance on July 2, 1937, on her way to tiny Howland Island has provoked various theories over the years. Some theorists say she was spying on possible Japanese military activities in the Marshall Islands and fell into Japanese hands. Others say her plane crashed into the ocean and sank.

Mr. Gillespie heads the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a nonprofit foundation based in Wilmington, Del., that he set up 12 years ago to probe aviation mysteries like Earhart’s.

He argues that Earhart’s radio messages show she followed a specific compass reading that would have taken her over Nikumaroro, known then as Gardner Island, as she ran low on fuel. Reports that she sent radio messages for three days after failing to reach Howland Island indicate that she and her plane survived a landing, he says.

Scientists at the center compared samples from the artifact with parts of four other aluminum airplanes that were built from the mid-1930′s to 1944. They also used X-rays to learn more about its composition.
»Source Kiribati Updates

Day beacon "Earhart Light" on Howlan...

Day beacon “Earhart Light” on Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Amelia Earhart Doomed Flight Debris Search Resumes after 75 Years

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery will resume its search for the crash debris of Amelia Earhart’s aircraft, which went down in mysterious circumstances 75 years ago in the Pacific.

The investigation is based on the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart and flight navigator Fred Noonan landed and eventually died on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati.

The new exploration, set for July, is based on archival research and 10 expeditions which have uncovered a compelling body of supporting evidence that Earhart spent her last days in the tiny Pacific atoll.

Where and when Earhart died has been hotly debated since the morning she and Noonan failed to arrive at a tiny island in the Central Pacific on July 2, 1937. At the time of her disappearance, Earhart enjoyed celebrity status and was arguably the most famous woman of her generation. Even today, she is considered the most well-known woman aviator of all time.

In March 2012, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined scientists and aviation archaeologists to launch the search expedition that will set out from Honolulu to probe underwater areas around the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati where Earhart is believed to have crashed 75 years ago.

“When she took off on that historic journey she carried the aspirations of our entire country with her,” Clinton said. “Even if you do not find what you seek, there is great honour and possibility in the search itself.” Clinton called Earhart one of the “fearless optimists” who “when it was really hard, decided she was going to break all kinds of limits – social limits, gravity limits, distance limits.” The secretary said Earhart defined 20th century America.

The prime objective of the current expedition is to conduct a thorough search of the area where the researchers feel to be most likely to contain wreckage from the Earhart Electra.

The Daily Mail reported that following her disappearance, a number of conspiracy theories flourished. One contended that Earhart was held by Japanese imperial forces as a spy. Another claimed she completed her flight, but changed her identity and settled in New Jersey.

The renewed interested comes amid enhanced analysis of a rediscovered photo taken three months after Earhart’s disappearance. The photo depicts portions of a plane in waters near Nikumaroro Island.

A British survey team took the photo in October of 1937 and it’s been seen by Earhart researchers many times over the years. However, a recent blind review by US State Department experts determined the component in the picture was very likely the landing gear of a Lockheed Electra.
»Source IBTimes

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