New Photos Resurrect Amelia Earhart Mystery
Lost images could prove she lived as castaway on Pacific island
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2013 5:48 PM CDT
American aviatrix Amelia Earhart waves from the Electra in 1937.   (AP Photo, file)

(Newser) – The question of what happened to pilot Amelia Earhart when she disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 has long remained a mystery. But a box of photos recently uncovered in the archives of a New Zealand museum could hold the answer. Some researchers believe Earhart and her navigator did not crash into the ocean, but rather landed on the southwestern Pacific island of Nikumaroro, possibly living as castaways until they died. Now a museum worker has found contact sheets and negatives for 45 photos of the island taken in 1938 in an unmarked box; researchers are excited to see what they reveal, Discovery reports.

"For 25 years we have struggled to tease details from a handful of printed photos. Now we have an amazing array of detailed aerial images of every part of the atoll taken before the first colonists, or even the New Zealand Survey party, set foot on the island," says the executive director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. The same group recently released sonar images that show an "anomaly" just off the island that they believe might be Earhart's plane, with features consistent with her Lockheed Electra craft.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Jun 24, 2013 12:09 PM CDT
Arrogance killed her. He decided to fly without the technology at hand that would have guided her very close to the intended target. The GPS of the day was an ADF and a trailing wire radio antenna. She chose to fly without either one because it would have diminished her reputation (in her own mind). Then a bit of very bad luck doomed her when the ADF in the naval cruiser failed. But with her failure to pack the trailing wire system the communications were broken. If she had included an ADF, they would have been able to listen in to the navy's transmission and then set the plane's dead reckoning to that signal. Considering the distance she traveled, and how small the island is, it would have still been a significant feat and she still would have been given parades in America's town.
nbh6251
Jun 24, 2013 12:54 AM CDT
If this situation (fabricated or not) is disproved, then it will be one less curiosity of the many curiosities of our planet. I encourage anyone who finds disdain for this type of news coverage to look inside themselves and wonder why. The imagination and sense of adventure should never be lost on cynicism. Neverland is only the second star to the right, and straight on till morning.
Ericg537
Jun 24, 2013 12:19 AM CDT
Newser must have an interest in publicizing this case over and over again. All I know is that Earhart is living in my basement right now.