After new evidence surfaced in 2010 on the whereabouts of Amelia Earhart and her plane, another search backed by the United States government is planned over the South Pacific after 75 years.
Contact was lost with Earhart somewhere over the South Pacific in 1937 while she was attempting to be the first person to complete a circumnavigation flight around the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra. After contact was lost she never showed up at her next stop at Howland Island in the Central Pacific after leaving New Guinea.
The new evidence comes from a 2010 photo taken off the island of Nikumaroro which shows what is believed to be one of the wheels from Earhart’s plane.
Now in a new half a million-dollar search plan that is partially and privately financed by The Discovery Channel, the U.S. State Department is lending its support and financing.
The new search will be carried out by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. At a recent event in Washington commemorating Earhart’s legacy, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton told the scientist with the search group, “We can be as optimistic, audacious as Earhart. There is great honor and possibility in the search itself.”
The Wall Street Journal says, “A search team will concentrate on the deep waters near Nikumaroro, which was the site of a 2010 search that focused on coral reefs and nearby shallow waters, these people said. The search will be spearheaded again by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which has championed the theory that the renowned female aviator and Fred Noonan, the other crew member on the July 1937 flight, ended up on or near the west coast of the island, formerly called Gardner Island.”