90 years lost, now spotted at ocean's depths: Amelia Earhart's plane possibly found

After being lost for nine decades, the wreckage of Amelia Earhart's plane, flown by the former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer who mysteriously disappeared in 1937, might have been discovered. Recent research utilizing sonar images suggests the plane's final resting place is at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Publication: 31.01.2024 - 14:50
90 years lost, now spotted at ocean's depths: Amelia Earhart's plane possibly found
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Amelia Earhart, once a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, vanished 90 years ago. It is now believed that her plane's wreckage has been located in the Pacific Ocean, identified through sonar data from an unmanned aerial vehicle.

Despite extensive searches in 1937 in the U.S., the plane was never found. Tony Romeo, hopeful to unravel this 87-year-old mystery, remarked, "She is America's most famous missing person. As long as she remains lost, there will always be those searching for her. We're trying to conclude this story and bring Amelia home. We're excited."

According to a report by CNN International, Earhart, an American aviator, made history in 1932 as the first woman and the second person ever to cross the Atlantic solo and non-stop.

Romeo, the CEO of the private exploration company Deep Sea Vision, speculated that the plane's wreckage lies about 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) beneath the ocean surface, approximately 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) from Howland Island. He shared that blurry sonar images from a deep-sea drone show a shape resembling an airplane on the flat, sandy ocean floor.

Deep Sea Vision's 16-member team has scoured an area of over 13,400 square kilometers (more than 5,200 square miles) for 100 days in their relentless search.

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