Researchers have been looking for clues to the mystery of one of the pioneer female aviators Amelia Earhart, ever since her disappearance in 1937. Well now, a piece of fuselage metal ought to confirm her last location, latest findings depict.
Well the quest for her last whereabouts have kept researchers, filmmakers and many other followers pretty much occupied ever since the pioneer aviator vanished over the Pacific while attempting to cross the world.
The finding of a three foot scrap of aluminum debris in Nikumaroro, which is uninhabited ring shaped coral reef in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, may qualify as a very important clue in this case.
That is what the researchers feel at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), a private organization which has been on Earhart’s trail for many a years.
The group’s report suggests that the piece of aluminum was a patch replacing a navigational window and was installed during the aviator’s eight day stay in Miami.
“This is the first time an artifact found on Nikumaroro has been shown to have a direct link to Amelia Earhart,” said Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR.
Most are of the view that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, got off course over the Pacific and eventually ran out of fuel to crash to sinking death. Some also claim that she may have been a U.S. spy and may have got captured and possibly may even have survived the World War II.
TIGHAR’s believes that Earhart and Noonan indeed got off course, radioed their low-fuel plight, and landed on the atoll’s coral reef. They managed to continue radio transmissions from the downed aircraft for several days until tides and high surf soon washed the aircraft offshore, where it broke into pieces and sunk, leaving the two as castaways.
Gillespie’s research leads him to believe that Earhart and Noonan lived for a time on the waterless atoll, relying on rain squalls for drinking water, and catching and cooking small fish, seabirds, turtles, and clams before perishing.
TIGHAR’s own website explains the event as follows:
“In 1940, three years after Earhart disappeared, a British Colonial Service officer found the partial skeleton of a castaway on a remote part of the island. A campfire, animal bones, a box that had once contained a sextant, remnants of a man’s shoe and woman’s shoe made him think he may have found Amelia Earhart but, based on measurements, a doctor judged the skeleton to be male and American authorities were never notified.
The bones were subsequently lost, but computerized re-evaluation of the bone measurements by forensic anthropologists suggests that the skeleton was probably that of a white female of northern European descent who stood roughly Earhart’s height.”
TIGHAR has also found a site on the atoll that best depicts the description of where the castaway’s remains were found in 1940. Furthermore, TIGHAR research has shown that serial numbers reported to have been on the sextant box found in 1940 are consistent with the make and model of sextant used by Fred Noonan.