Aug 6, 2009

Amelia Earhart mystery solved?

It has been 72 years since famed aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared while attempting to fly around the world.

Earhart is pictured above. She is also shown below with her Lockheed Electra airplane.

Some claim Earhart and Noonan survived the crash of their Lockheed Electra but were captured and killed by Japanese soldiers. Still others have said they were eaten by cannibals.

But the mystery remains unsolved: Nobody knows exactly what happened to Earhart or her plane.

Now researchers at the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery or Tighar, say they are on the verge of recovering DNA evidence that would demonstrate Earhart had been stranded on Nikumaroro Island (formerly known as Gardner Island) before finally perishing there.

During May and June of next year, Tighar will launch a new $500,000 expedition, continuing the archaeological work it has been doing on the island since 2001.

More of the story here.