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efforts to recover the plane.
Earhart’s disappearence is undoubtedly one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of all times. She and her navigator took off from Lae, New Guinea, July 2, 1937, headed east for Howland Island, a tiny island in the Pacific where they intended to refuel, and were never seen again. People have been searching for her ever since. Disappointment has followed disappointment/
Recent searchers include Richard Gillespie, who has mounted five expeditions to Nikumararu Island, formerly called Gardner’s Island. He has, in spite of all his brave announcements, come up empty. In point of fact Gardner’s was thoroughly searched five days after Amelia Earhart went missing, and the pilots reported that the only traces of humankind they saw were ruined guano works and the wreck of an old tramp steamer.
The spring of 2002 David Jourdan, head of Nauticos, which has an impressive record for finding underwater objects ranging from the wreck of an ancient Greek ship on the floor of the Mediterranean to a missing Israeli sub, led an operations team on a deep-ocean sonar search in the vicinity of Howland Island. However on the 42nd day the expedition almost lost the ROV (remotely operated vehicle) as it spun out of control 17,000 feet down on the ocean floor. Jourdan will undoubtedly try again.
Keep tuned in. One thing is certain: the search will go on until the plane is found.
For those people who still think Amelia and Fred Noonan night have fallen into Japanese hands: research by Akiko Aoki, formerly Bureau Chief of Newsweek magazine, who prowled around all the likely islands in the 1980s interviewing supposed witnesses of record, has pretty much blown away that scenario. None of the sightings withstood her scrutiny.
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