TOmelia Earhart made her last radio call from the air at 8:43 a.m. m. local time, about an hour after telling the Coast Guard cutter Itasca that it was running out of fuel and could not see its destination, Howland Island.
“We are on line 157 337,” he explained from the cockpit of his Lockheed 10-E Electra plane. “We will repeat this message. We will repeat it at 6210 kilocycles. “Wait.”
Amelia did not repeat the message.
His death has been one of the great mysteries of the United States. In 1937, she attempted to become the first woman to travel the world by plane, but her failure led to the most extensive and costly rescue operation in the history of the US Navy and Coast Guard.
Since then, countless researchers, journalists and historians have tried to find out what happened to Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, on the day she disappeared while flying over the Pacific.
Advances in offshore exploration technology, coupled with a significant $11 million investment, could finally provide some definitive answers.
The discovery of Deep Sea
Deep Sea Vision, a company based in South Carolina, United States, believes it has finally found Earhart’s plane at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
The company began scanning the ocean floor in September. Its powerful sonar, attached to a $9 million submersible called Hugin, searched the dark depths, scanning in total more than 13,500 square kilometers of the region where Earhart is presumed to have crashed.
About 4,900 meters below the surface of the Pacific, resting among silt and marine sediment, Hugin’s sonar detected something unusual: the silhouette of an airplane.
Underwater exploration company believes it has found Amelia Earhart’s missing plane
“It would be very difficult for someone to convince me, first, that it is not an airplane; and second, that it is not Amelia’s,” declared Tony Romeo, founder of Deep Sea Vision, in an interview on the program Today from NBC. “There were no other accidents in the area and the tail design that can be clearly seen in the image is certainly not from this era.”
Romeo, a former US Air Force intelligence officer, sold his real estate assets and spent $11,000,000 to finance the expedition to find Earhart’s lost plane.
“This is perhaps the most exciting thing I will do in my life,” he said. Wall Street Journal. “I feel like a 10-year-old boy searching for treasure.”
Despite his excitement after the initial discovery, Romeo remained expectant. He admitted that the images could be of rocks or some other underwater object. However, he maintained that the image does reflect the shape and dimensions of the plane Earhart piloted on his final trip.
Unfortunately for Deep Sea Vision, the image was one of thousands taken during the scan and the anomaly was discovered three months after it was taken. By then, the crew had moved far away from the discovery site.
With the image and coordinates, the next step in unraveling the mystery will be to examine the physical remains.
Earhart’s disappearance was the end of a decade of newspaper and radio reports documenting her record-breaking flights.
On June 17, 1928, at age 30, she became the first woman to pilot an airplane across the Atlantic, a bright red Lockheed Vega 5B she called “old Bessie, a steed of fire.” Her accomplishments made headlines across the country.
In 1934, he became the first person to complete a solo flight across the Pacific, flying from California to the Hawaiian Islands.
At first, Earhart was treated as an aviation freak because of her gender; newscasts of her time called her the first “young lady” to cross the Atlantic by plane, and another of hers referred to her as an “aviator.” At that time, men dominated the sky. But as she demonstrated her prowess in the cockpit, she gained notoriety as a good pilot, and would no longer be just something curiously outlier. She even used her growing fame to advocate for equality in the heavens; in an interview with Evening Star In 1929, Earhart asked the public to “give women in the air a chance.”
“Women can be in the air like in any other sport. “His influence and approval are critical to the success of commercial aviation,” she stated then. “Thousands of women and girls write to me to find out the truth about aviation and what possibilities they have. There is nothing in a woman’s build that makes her inferior to a man as an air pilot. The only obstacle to success is the lack of opportunities to receive proper training.”
After numerous successful and record-breaking flights, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Earhart set a new goal: to become the first woman to travel the world by plane.
After her disappearance, public opinion remained hopeful, they wanted her to appear and continue flying. But after two months of searching for her and without any trace of her or Noonan, both were presumed dead.
Looking for Amelia
Since her disappearance almost 90 years ago, researchers have tried to find Earhart’s remains, or any evidence of her outcome.
The most recent search to show any results came in 2012, when the International Historic Aircraft Recovery Group discovered that Earhart may have sent numerous distress calls over the radio following her crash. According to the group, those transmissions were ignored.
“Amelia Earhart didn’t just disappear on July 2, 1937. The radio distress calls that would have originated from the missing plane made headlines and fueled much of the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy search,” he explained. Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, to Discovery News. “When the search failed, all radio signals reported after the loss were roundly dismissed as false, and since then, for the most part, ignored.”
Gillespie believes Earhart crashed on Gardner Island, about 350 nautical miles from her intended destination on Howland Island. According to his theory, Earhart asked for help for a week, until the tide swept the plane out to sea.
Furthermore, he remained skeptical of the discovery of Deep Sea Vision.
“Despite the media hype, this is NOT a sonar image of Amelia Earhart’s plane,” he wrote on his Instagram page.
In 2018, researchers used modern forensic techniques to examine a set of human remains found on Nikumaroro Island in 1940 that appeared to be Earhart’s remains. Richard L. Jantz, an anthropology professor at the University of Tennessee, studied the remains and determined they could be Earhart’s.
Jantz’s theory stated that the pilot landed in Nikumaroro and died as a castaway on the island, according to The Florida Times-Union.
The current discovery of Deep Sea Vision would change what we know about its final days.
The next steps
Sonar experts will have to examine the object found by Deep Sea Vision in detail before they can confirm that it is Earhart’s missing plane.
“Until it’s in front of our eyes, there’s no way to say for sure what it is,” expert Andrew Pietruszka told The Associated Press. Wall Street Journal.
Romeo said he planned to take his team to the site again to collect more images.
“The next step is confirmation, there is a lot to investigate about the remains. And there is some damage, it seems. After all, it’s been there for 87 years,” Romeo said.
Until Deep Sea Vision can return, Earhart’s missing plane will remain just a mystery.
“I myself believe it is the great mystery of all time,” said Romeo. “Without a doubt, the mystery of aviation that has lasted the longest in all of history.”