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Photo helps researchers close in on Amelia Earhart’s plane

This summer researcher Ric Gillespie is set to travel to the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati in search of of the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s plane.

They believe there’s compelling evidence Earhart may have landed in shallow waters near Nikumarro island, and an analysis of a photo taken in 1937 — showing what could be a piece of mangled landing gear sticking from the surf — could be the best spot to search.

During past searches, they’ve found other clues, including an eye-witness account of someone who saw wreckage as a little girl, bones that seem to be those of a woman castaway, bits of makeup and a camp site littered with the bones of countless birds, turtles and fish.

But the newly enhanced picture may lead them to the remains of the plane.

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Story: Thane Burnett, QMI Agency | Photo: HO/QMI Agency

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