Although Amelia Earhart disappeared 78 years ago, the mystery of her fate still haunts society. Recently, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) has returned to the remote Pacific island of Nikumaroro, where they believe the remains of Earhart’s plane lies at the bottom of the ocean. In the past 27 years, TIGHAR has run 10 expeditions to the area where Earhart disappeared. On one of their most recent exhibitions, the ship’s sonar picked up on an object on the ocean floor that they believe could be Earhart’s fuselage (9). “There is something down there at the base of a cliff at a depth of about 600 feet (180 meters) that is the right size and shape and right location to logically be a big chunk of the fuselage,” TIGHAR executive director Ric Gillespie told AFP. “[But] it could also be an unusual geological feature” (9). This trip will be different from past ones because the ship will be joined by a cruise ship carrying 68 passengers who will each pay $11,000 to witness the possible history of recovering Earhart’s lost plane. In addition to the ship searching the water, there will be 14 volunteers who will search the forest that covers the island. The vegetation is overgrown and the trees can grow to 50 feet high (9). Also, people will organize shallow water dives into the island’s lagoon looking for clues even more clues to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart.
Link for current updates on the search: http://tighar.org
Watch this video from 18:53 to the end to see aerial footage of the island Earhart supposedly landed at.