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Amelia Earhart’s Plane Wreckage May Finally Have Been Discovered

Amelia Earhart’s Plane Wreckage May Finally Have Been Discovered

The hope of recovering the wreckage from Amelia Earhart’s mysterious final flight from 87 years ago has been renewed. In 1937, pilot Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan vanished, leaving behind aviation’s greatest mystery.

In recent decades, many theories have emerged about her fate. However, deep-sea explorers, tirelessly searching for her small plane wreckage, have discovered a potential clue. This includes an intriguing new video released just last week.

Deep Sea Vision, a team based in Charleston, South Carolina, recently announced a significant discovery on Instagram. They claimed to have captured a sonar image in the Pacific Ocean that bears a striking resemblance to the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed 10-E Electra aircraft.

Deep Sea Vison Covered 5,200 Square Miles Searching for Amelia Earhart’s Plane Wreckage

In September, the company conducted an extensive scan of over 5,200 square miles of the ocean floor. Recently, they shared sonar images on social media that seemingly depict an object resembling a plane resting at the sea bottom. Accompanied by a team of 16 members and utilizing a cutting-edge underwater drone, they have also released a video showcasing the expedition. The footage captures the team reviewing images captured by a submersible.

“After an extensive deep-water search, a talented group of underwater archaeologists and marine robotics experts have unveiled a sonar image that may answer the greatest modern mystery — the disappearance of Amelia Earhart,” the company wrote on Instagram.

Pilot and ex-US Air Force intel officer Tony Romeo funds the project. Of course, he was impressed by the findings. “This is maybe the most exciting thing I’ll ever do in my life. I feel like a 10-year-old going on a treasure hunt,” Romeo told the Wall Street Journal. “We always felt that a group of pilots were the ones that are going to solve this, and not the mariners.”

The Search for Amelia Earhart’s Plane Wreckage is One of the Most Expensive in History

Of course, over the years, many have searched for Amelia Earhart’s wreckage. This led to the largest and most expensive search operation in American history. However, Deep Sea Vision isn’t ready to declare victory just yet. The company now plans to revisit that location for a more detailed examination of its findings.

On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared while trying to become the first female aviator to circumnavigate the globe. Vanishing over the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, their fate remains an enduring mystery. Their disappearance caused a vast search and rescue operation, led by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, becoming the largest and most costly effort in American history. Two years later, Earhart and Noonan were officially declared deceased.