Amelia Earhart is a name most of us have heard forever. Her achievements as a woman aviator rang throughout history classes and casual talk. Songs have been written about her, museums erected, and Earhart herself wrote numerous memoirs: 20 Hours, 40 Minutes, Last Flight, The Fun of It, Young Air Pioneer.
Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1937, during her attempt to fly across the entire world, her plane went missing. It has long been suspected that her plane crashed in the Atlantic, but her disappearance on July 2 has left people with multiple theories about what might have happened to her. People believe that her either her plane crashed and sank in the ocean, she was captured by the Japanese, was secretly a spy, changed her identity, or possibly crashed on a remote island- and survived.
Information now suggests she may have died as a castaway on a remote island instead. Recently, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) revealed a new theory. According to CNN, “The skeleton of a castaway found on the island of Nikumaroro, Kiribati, in 1940 may belong to Earhart. TIGHAR has been trying to prove the bones uncovered belong to the American pilot since 1998.”
All this time we’ve been thinking her plane just disappeared, but in fact, she may have been stranded on an island for weeks, even months. Apparently she made over 100 radio transmissions between July 2nd through the 6th of 1937, so her plane could not have crashed, because the radio would not work.
The island is uninhabited, there’s no fresh water; she would have had to survive on rain water from leaves.
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The skeleton found on the island matches Earhart’s height and ethnicity, and has unusually long forearms, which was a characteristic of Earhart.
Has the mystery of Amelia Earhart been uncovered?
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