Finding Amelia Earhart: New clues revealed
New discoveries may help answer questions about what happened to Amelia Earhart.
June 3rd, 2012
11:38 AM ET

Finding Amelia Earhart: New clues revealed

A mystery that has enthralled Americans for nearly a century may be on its way to being solved.

New evidence released Friday revealed clues that may solve the mystery of what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart, Discovery News reports.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery announced that a new study suggests that dozens of radio signals once dismissed were actually transmissions from Earhart’s plane after she vanished during her attempted around-the-world flight in 1937.

The announcement was made at the start of a three-day conference in Washington dedicated to Earhart and the group’s search for the famous aviator’s remains and the wreckage of her plane.

On the conference website, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery called Earhart’s unanswered distress calls “The smoking gun that was swept under the rug.”

Discovery News reported that the group has determined 57 “credible” radio transmissions from Earhart after her plane went down.

It has been researching the disappearance of Earhart, her navigator, Fred Noonan, and her Lockheed Electra aircraft for 24 years. Its members have developed a theory that Earhart’s remains lie on Nikumaroro Island in the Western Pacific.

Nikumoro Island, then called Gardner’s Island, had been uninhabited since 1892, the group said. In its version of Earhart’s final days, she and Noonan landed there after failing to find another island. They landed safely and radioed for help, the hypothesis goes. Eventually, the Electra was swept away by the tide, and Earhart and Noonan could no longer use its radio to call for help. U.S. Navy search planes flew over the island, but not seeing the Electra, they passed on and continued the search elsewhere.

The discovery of what is believed to be an old jar of anti-freckle cream may also provide clues to this decades-old mystery. It is suspected that the cosmetic bottle found on Nikumaroro Island once belonged to Earhart.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery will launch an expedition to Nikumaroro Island on July 2, the 75th anniversary of Earhart’s disappearance. This is their ninth expedition.

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  1. Rick Shultz

    I wish The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery all the luck in the world in its search for the remains of Ms.
    Earhart's remains and those of her navigator Mr. Noonan and of the Lockheed Electra they were flying. I hope they are able to finally solve one of avations greatest msyteries.

    July 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      Wow that was a monumental effort Rick! Keep up the good work...lol!

      January 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
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  2. Adrienne

    Why after this many years does it matter what happened to her? I wish they would spend this much time and money looking for all the missing children in America. Dumb.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dana

      It's not the US doing these searches. It's just one group of people – The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. International meaning people of more than one country involved. The international group I doubt is responsible (as a group) to help police or FBI search for missing children. And...the group uses their own money in their research.

      July 24, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • lola

      ur right

      October 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I am sure there are a number of agencies doing just that Adrienne

      January 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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      December 4, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. J.H.

    "Discovery News reported that the group has determined 57 “credible” radio transmissions from Earhart after her plane went down"

    Please explain this to me – 1) how is it possible to know that after all these years, exactly 57 radio transmissions were made? 2) how were they recorded? 3) who makes that determination of credibility, and why? These articles on Amelia Earhart leave just about everything to be desired in the way of information.

    If the research group in question cannot inform the press of the pertinent information, then I humbly suggest that the IRS review their finances, because something does not seem right, at all.

    July 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeeper

      Simple, all radio transmissions received by the Navy and Coast Guard are logged. With the radio direction finders that were available in the '30s, it was relatively easy to triangulate the direction a transmission came from. If it came from a direction that was nowhere near the plotted course, it was considered "unreliable", possibly due to atmospheric "bounce". At that time, It was, quite possible to not receive a message that was tansmitted from a relatively short distance away, but receive a message that was transmitted halfway around the world.

      July 6, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
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    July 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. grace

    i am researching amelia earhart for my school projects she was trying to set a record to fly across the orld she failed to do that she sinked near the pasific ocean in the bermuter triangle

    November 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dr. Jimmy Rustle

      u wot m8

      January 14, 2013 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      You need to spend more time studying geography. The Bermuda Triangle is near the island of Bermuda, in the Atlantic Ocean, thousands of miles from where Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papayua2

      Some time learning to spell English would be well spent as well.

      March 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 4, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. michaellocher

    Earhart news is always tantalizing, and for 76 years, consistently disappointing. We've been reacting to false alarms and failed theories about this poor pair's disappearance for ages. Much as I love a mystery, when it comes to Earhart, I wish we'd stop hearing about it every time a research group identifies a nondescript sonar blip, or, as in this case, a really smart (but ultimately conjecture-based) re-evaluation of existing records and files.

    One wonders why so many researchers are content to simply join the legions of prematurely celebrating Earhart-hunting losers. Turn up a positively identifiable piece of wreckage or carry home an igloo cooler full of conclusive skeletal evidence before announcing your triumph, for a change.

    June 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jen

    IIt is nice to hear a theory about her landing and not crashing and dying, gives an image of her living to a possible old age; even if it is on a deserted island. A little hope no matter how false it might be.

    June 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  14. RUFFNUTT ( D.M.I. ALLIANCE LOGISTICS OFFICER )

    think she ran off with jimmy hoffa?

    November 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. agadir excursions

    that is right

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