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Aluminum Scrap linked to Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance in 1937
It has been a mystery over the years about what happened to Amelia Earhart, who was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean along with her navigator Fred Noonan.
A metal fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost Lockheed Electra aircraft, which was found 23 years back and has now been discovered to be a part of Earhart's plane.
This metal scrap has been identified for the first time ever since the aviation pioneer's plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on June 1, 1937.
According to investigator Ric Gillespie, director of an Earhart search organization, called Tighar, Earhart and her navigator might have gone hundreds of miles beyond their last known coordinates to arrive at the uninhabited Gardner Island, where they starved to death.
At the beginning of Amelia Earhar's second world flight during her stay in Miami, a custom-made, special window on her Lockheed Electra aircraft was removed and replaced with an aluminum patch, he said.
This aluminum metal was recovered in 1991 from Nikumaroro, a coral reef uninhabited island in the south-western Pacific republic of Kiribati and is thought to have likely been part of Amelia Earhart's plane.
He said," The patch was as unique to her particular aircraft as a fingerprint to an individual. Research has now shown that a section of aircraft aluminum Tighar found on the island in 1991 matches that fingerprint in many cases".
Gillespie thinks that Electra plane may have ended in the water of Nikumaroro and she now lurks in fragments along the underwater reef slope off the island's shore.
His team has already examined the waters of the island twice but found nothing. However, someone on team spotted an unusual feature in the sonar imagery.
Gillespie's team is scheduled to return to the island in 2015 to finally put this mystery to bed once and for all. As for now, Gillespie mentioned that funding is being sought from individuals that will make a substantial contribution for further research.