PHOTO: Amelia Earhart surveys maps of Hawaii in 1935, (Photo courtesy Flickr/Pacific Aviation Museum)
A mystery decades in the making slowly begins to twist and unravel with startling new details.
Fox News reports researchers very well may have found remnants of the remains of famed aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Human remains once studied back in 1940 were looked at anew recently and found to be, quite possibly, those of the pilot who with her co-pilot Frederick J. Noonan lost her life somewhere over the Pacific Island in 1937.
Back in 2014, we explained that The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) and its director, Ric Gillespie, had discovered a piece of airplane they believed to be belonging to the Lockheed Electra flown by Earhart and Noonan on their fateful trip.
It placed the two on or near the atoll of Nikumaroro, and, as News.com.au, reported earlier this year, Earhart was responsible for a wealth of radio transmissions after her plane went down. Gillespie is quoted as saying about those particular transmissions: “She’s out there calling for help.”
As for the newest break in an ongoing story that extends over generations, Gillespie and his team of researchers have examined remains discovered a few years after Earhart’s mysterious disappearance. Fox News states: “They were analyzed in 1940, but a doctor said they were male, ruling out the possibility they belonged to Earhart.”
When a case involves the likes of an aviation icon things are never cold, and the castaway’s remains were looked at anew and compared to an old photograph that made it possible to compare the skeletal forearms of the body analyzed in 1940 with Earhart who in the photograph shows off the length of her arms.
You can find out a bit more at The Earhart Project, which theorizes Earhart survived and later died on Nikumaroro in the Rebuplic of Kiribati. It’s this rare photo that gave researchers exactly what they needed to postulate the remains belonged to that of Earhart.
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First, TIGHAR employed the services of forensic imaging specialist Jeff Glickman who states: “Given the evidence and my experience in the field of photogrammetry and photo interpretation, I estimate that the radius-to-humerus ratio of Amelia Earhart is 0.76.”
As Fox News explains, “the difference between her lower and upper arm was virtually identical to the partial skeleton, unearthed in the South Pacific.”
This is hardly definitive evidence of Earhart’s exact location or that the remains are officially that of the famous pilot. However, it certainly adds yet another layer to the case that Earhart landed and subsequently died on the island of Nikumaroro, well after when many believed she had perished.
Legends never die nor, we presume, will the interest in Earhart’s final journey.