Sonar Anomaly May Be Wreckage of Amelia Earhart's Plane

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the disappearance of legendary aviator Amelia Earhart, may have discovered the wreckage of her plane:

... the images show an "anomaly" resting at the depth of about 600 feet in the waters off Nikumaroro island, some 350 miles southeast of Earhart's target destination, Howland Island.

According to TIGHAR researchers, the sonar image shows a strong return from a narrow object roughly 22 feet long oriented southwest/northeast on the slope near the base of an underwater cliff. Shadows indicate that the object is higher on the southwest (downhill side). A lesser return extends northeastward for about 131 feet.

"What initially got our attention is that there is no other sonar return like it in the entire body of data collected," Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, told Discovery News.

"It is truly an anomaly, and when you're looking for man-made objects against a natural background, anomalies are good," he added.

Rossella Lorenzi of Discovery News has the post: Link | TIGHAR's post

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"No pilot in their right mind is going to fly 90° off their flight path, for 350 miles, to look for an island they don't have charts for, when they can't find the island they do have charts for, on no gas." -- Douglas Westfall
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