Earhart team says plane debris sighted
Researchers trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the 1937 disappearance of US aviator Amelia Earhart in the Pacific have said they spotted debris under water that may have come from her plane.
High-definition video taken by a Project Earhart team and analyzed in a laboratory show "man-made objects" scattered west of Kiribati's Nikumaroro Island, said The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR).
The expedition — the 10th in 23 years — in July filmed the seabed near the island, where they think Earhart may have made an emergency landing and lived for a short time during a bid to circumnavigate the globe along the equator.
“We see elements in the underwater photos that are consistent with pieces of landing gear,” TIGHAR director Richard Gillespie said. “This is a promising development,” Gillespie said.
“We need to do much more analysis... We haven’t claimed to solve the mystery with this. It’s the next step in the investigation.”