Searchers Think They Found Amelia Earhart's Debris Field
HD pics show evidence of a manmade debris field on isolated island
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2012 5:20 AM CDT
Ric Gillespie, right, founder of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, watches equipment testing alongside Wolfgang Burnside from aboard a ship at port in Honolulu on Sunday, July 1,...   (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

(Newser) – Last month's search for Amelia Earhart's plane seemingly ended in failure, but forensic investigators now think they might have actually uncovered evidence of a plane wheel and landing gear, reports ABC News. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) wasn't able to analyze its high definition camera's images while at Nikumaroro Island, but since then the group's imaging specialist thinks he has been able to identify a debris field in the pictures.

"We don't know whether it's her plane, but what we have is a debris field in a place where there should be a debris field if what we had put together based on the evidence that we had is correct," said TIGHAR executive Ric Gillespie. But don't expect future expeditions to miraculously turn up a whole plane, as the waters around Nikumaroro are treacherous and subject to mudslides, Gillespie noted.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 20, 2012 12:35 PM CDT
The movie did a fairly good job of explaining why she got lost in the first place. She was bold and is part of the reason why the adage, "There are old pilots and bold pilots but not both" exists. I say that because she decided to leave out some important equipment available to her at the time of the flight. One was an ADF receiver and the other was a trailing wire radio. Navigation at the time was mainly by dead reckoning, sky observation, and radio. The sky was clouded over so astral navigation was out. That left the other and since she lacked the necessary radio navigation equipment, all she had was dead reckoning. You are at the mercy of measurments taken hundreds and thousands of miles away from your planned course. There is no question why she got lost. Its just too bad she was too conceited to take that equipment along that night.
$28919642
Aug 20, 2012 7:32 AM CDT
Earhart's fate is a flyspeck footnote in history. Let it drop. Thousands of GIs went missing in the South Pacific in WW2, to put this in perspective.
butch70
Aug 19, 2012 6:03 PM CDT
I hope that they found her plane and able to recover part of it. And maybe solve her and Noonan disappearance..