One of aviation’s greatest mysteries may have just solved. Amelia Earhart, the famed pilot who mysteriously disappeared on her trip around the world, may have been found on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Her disappearance sparked an 80-year obsession that produced conspiracy theories over the mystery that surrounded her.
Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price. Amelia Earhart
“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be as a challenge to others.” — Amelia Earhart
Earhart ON nw sez running out of gas only 1/2 hour left cant hr us at all / we hr her and are sending on 3105 es 500 same time constantly
The next log was at 7:42 am:
KHAQQ CLNG Itasca we must be on you but cannot see u but gas is running low been unable to reach you by radio we are flying at a 1000 feet
Of course, Itasca was unable to respond to Earhart so they were not able to communicate back with the Electra. At 7:58 am Electra reported to Itasca that they could not hear their transmissions, so the Itasca crew began sending morse code messages which Electra received, but Earhart was unable to get their location based on morse code. The last two transmissions received by Earhart were:
- Transmission 1 at 8:43 am: “We are on the line 157 337. We will repeat this message. We will repeat this on 6210 kilocycles. Wait” and “We are running on line north and south”
At that point, Itasca sent a smoke signal up since they believed that Electra was close by. However, the skies were cloudy that morning and it is extremely probable that Earhart and Noonan could not see the smoke signal because of the overcast skies. Other stations in the vicinity also tried to reach the Electra with no success. There were signals received, but it was hard to distinguish if they were legitimate or not (including one from Nikumaroro).
Search for the Electra
After the Itasca received the last transmission from Earhart they immediately began searching for any wreckage or sign of the plane, but their efforts were in vain. Soon others joined the search, including the United States Navy, but they found no evidence of the plane. A week after her disappearance the Navy flew over the small island chain called Gardner Island (what we now call Nikumaroro) where they were able to see that there was some evidence that someone had lived there, but after multiple fly-overs, they found no signs of life there. It was said that it was possible that Earhart and Noonan made a landing there and then took off again, but there was no legitimate proof. The search efforts lasted until July 19 and were called off after no proof was found of a crash.
“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” — Amelia Earhart
Nikumaroro Island Discovery
In 1940 bones were discovered on Gardner Island that was speculated that they belonged to Earhart, but there was no way to prove this idea. In 1941 the bones were sent to the principal of a medical school in Fiji where he determined they belonged to a man, as opposed to a woman. After he determined that the bones were somehow lost and are still missing. Even though we do not have the bones anymore, many studies have been done judging by the size of the bones and scientists now believe the bones actually belonged to a woman; more than likely Earhart.
Is there any way to actually prove this once and for all? No, especially since the bones are long gone. However, forensic science has gotten significantly better since 1941 (as has the technology), and scientists are pretty darn sure that those bones belong to our long lost favorite missing aviator. This discovery is monumental because of our obsession with what happened to Amelia Earhart, people, in general, want conclusions and this might just provide the answers we need. Of course, there will still be people who don’t believe those bones actually belonged to her, but for now, this is the most widely accepted explanation: Earhart’s plane went down somewhere in the ocean where she ended up marooned on Nikumaroro and died more than likely from starvation or dehydration.