Sonar image may show Amelia Earhart’s plane

Sonar image may show Amelia Earhart’s plane

Credit: The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery

A sonar image of an "anomaly" in the tropical island republic of Kiribati. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery believes it could be the wreckage of the "Electra," the plane Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared in 1937.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Updated Thursday, May 30 at 12:09 PM

Experts say a grainy sonar image from underneath the southwestern Pacific Ocean may reveal the resting place of Amelia Earhart’s plane from her final flight.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) released the image, taken from off an uninhabited tropical island in the republic of Kiribati. TIGHAR said it may be the wreckage of the Electra, which Earhart was piloting when she disappeared on July 2, 1937.

The images reportedly show an “anomaly” resting at a depth of about 600 feet off Nikumaroro island. That’s about 350 miles east of Howland Island, where Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan were headed.

TIGHAR said side-scan sonar data shows the object is like nothing else in the area. The most prominent part of the object appears to be less than 32 feet long. The Electra was 38 feet, 7 inches long.
 

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