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Evidence backs view that Amelia Earhart died a castaway

DNA tests to be performed on new clues found on a remote island may support the theory that Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan lived as castaways.

Three pieces of a pocket knife and fragments of what might be a broken cosmetic glass jar are adding new evidence that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan landed and eventually died as castaways on Nikumaroro, an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati. The island was some 300 miles southeast of their target destination, Howland Island.

“These objects have the potential to yield DNA, specifically what is known as ‘touch DNA’,'” Ric Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), told Discovery News in an email interview from Nikumaroro.

Gillespie and his team will be searching the tiny island until June 14 for evidence that Earhart’s twin-engine plane, the “Electra,” did not crash in the ocean and sink, as it was assumed after the futile massive search that followed the aviatrix’s disappearance on July 2, 1937.

Tall, slender, blonde and brave, Earhart was flying over the Pacific Ocean in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator. In her final radio transmission Earhart reported that her aircraft was running low on fuel.

According to Gillespie, recent advances in the ability to extract DNA from touched objects might help solve the enduring aviation mystery.

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2 thoughts on “Evidence backs view that Amelia Earhart died a castaway

  1. The latest documentry accounts of Earhart’s final flight indicate that she was not attentive to her navigator.
    In my opinion, after reviewing information, she became less and less confident in the navigators expertise.
    She seemed to have a self induced goal of not giving up her expertise as a pilot and lending any credit to her help on the plane. (thus the physical barrier between her in the cockpit and the navigator in the back behind the full cabin wall of fuel tanks). (in his place).
    Bottom line, she went left when she was told to go right.
    S I M P L Y B E C A U S E S H E C O U L D!
    It seems to me that her navigator had a more professional and practical ability to accomplish the objective than she had.
    This was a publicity stunt where money talks and experience and practicality walks.

    Too bad it took down an under mentioned professional airman at the same time.

    I say it was an ill advised flight attempt as a result of a money making scheme to make a
    feminist woman go beyond her ability as a pilot to make money for her husband. The person who really lost the farm here was the professional navigator who was not listened too by the pilot.

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