New findings might offer more circumstantial evidence that Amelia Earhart died as a castaway on Nikumaroro island, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati.
A three-day conference – June 1, 2 & 3 – will debate the evidence supporting the hypothesis that the legendary aviatrix and her navigator Fred Noonan landed safely on the island’s fringing reef and sent radio distress calls for several days before the plane was washed over the reef edge by rising tides, leaving Earhart and Noonan cast away on the uninhabited, waterless atoll.
Organized by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the last, fateful flight taken by Earhart 75 years ago, the symposium will highlight TIGHAR’s high-tech search next July to find pieces of Earhart’s Lockheed Electra aircraft.
The tall, slender, blond pilot mysteriously vanished while flying over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937 during a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
In this audio slide show, Ric Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), tells Rossella Lorenzi what he found last year on his expedition to Nikumaroro island.