The question of what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart and her plane may be answered with new clues that surfaced from the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. According to them, 57 previously dismissed radio signals have been found to be credible as coming from Earhart’s aircraft. Earhart attempted an around-the-world flight in 1937 and mysteriously disappeared that July.
The announcement comes with a theory that Earhart, her navigator Fred Noonan, and her aircraft landed on Nikumaroro Island (previously Gardner Island). It is suggested that Earhart landed on the island and would have made distress calls, but her plane was swept away by the tide. Earhart and Noonan are thought to have parished as castaways on the island.
According to the theory, the U.S. Navy flew over Nikumaroo Island, but gave up on the area after not seeing Earhart’s plane. Distress calls made after the search were dismissed as bogus and ignored until now.
An expedition to Nikumaroo Island is set to depart in on July 2nd of next year, marking the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. It will be the ninth expedition for the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery.