It’s been something that puzzled people for so much time. The disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart in the 1937 plane wreckage has been a stale case for 75 years. Now, new evidence might help in finding out what happened to Amelia Earhart during her flight across the South Pacific.
On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart joined by navigator and pilot Fred Noonan took off for Howland Island in a flight from New Guinea across the South Pacific in a Lockheed Electra plane. The trip was part of Earhart’s attempt to become the first woman pilot to fly across the globe. Both the pilots and the plane seemed to have vanished in thin air and the mystery of the disappearance fueled a wide range of theories. Many implied conspiracy theories that claimed Earhart and Noonan were agents of the U.S. government who was captured by Japan.
Recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was drawn into the mystery. She announced support for Delawarean Rick Gillespie plan to make investigations this June on a reef off the island of Nikumaroro.
Gillespie is the executive director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery and is a long time research of Earhart’s disappearance. “Her disappearance is of great interest to people and the circumstances are fascinating in this iconic mystery” added Gillespie.
New evidence made Gillespie think he’s one step closer to finding a lead. An enhanced analysis of a photo a British survey team took of the remote island of Nikumaroro back in 1937 seems to depict a plane landing gear. The researcher finds the new evidence to be “circumstantial” and “strong” but he avoid talking about it solving the mystery.
“The most important thing is not whether we find the ultimate answer or what we find, it is the way we look” said Gillespie. His mission in June will indeed be a onetime experience for many researchers. He will be using “state of the art underwater robotic submarines and mapping equipment” in his investigation.
Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton showed her support towards Gillespie’s determination in finding the answer of Earhart’s disappearance. The politician praised Earhart’s mission saying that “her legacy resonates today for anyone, girls and boys, who dreams about the stars. She gave people hope and she inspired them to dream bigger and bolder”.