Amelia Earhart: one of the mysteries of the twentieth century

An expedition is trying to locate the whereabouts of the aviator Amelia Earhart, one of the mysteries of the twentieth century.

There is a man who is known worldwide for being the person who finds things that are lost: Robert Ballard.

Among the discoveries he has made are the location of the Titanic in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, the Bismarck warship, and 18 shipwrecks in the Black Sea.

But there is something that had always hovered around Ballard’s head, Amelia Earhart’s plane, missing in 1937. What scared Ballard was the lack of precision as to where the remains could be, the area to be covered was too large and made practically impossible expedition.

His point of view changed a few years ago, when a group of explorers found some clues that could indicate where the plane disappeared. Now, Ballard is on his way to an atoll in the Republic of Kiribati with the firm objective of recovering the remains of the plane.

Who was Amelia Earhart?

On July 2, 1937, the accident that left Aviator Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan unknown. Although the Navy knew that the accident occurred in the Pacific they did not have enough data to locate it, so on July 18 of the same year the search was closed, and it was concluded that the two would have died when the plane plunged into the ocean. The plane that piloted Earhart was a Lockheed Electra.

Kur M. Campbell recovered in 2012 an old photograph taken in October 1937, three months after the plane disappeared.

On it was an island with a ship and, just to its left was the landing gear of a Lockheed Electra that coincided with Amelia’s. The photo was taken on the island of Nikumaroro, in the Phoenix Islands. What limited the search to a specific site.

Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart and her flight partner, Fred Noonan. Source: AP Photo / Gtres

The disappearance of the plane created conspiracy theories from the start. Some believed that she was captured by the Japanese or that she survived for years on the island as a shipwreck.

Now, Ballard is heading there with his Nautilus boat. A ship with high-definition cameras, a three-dimensional mapping system and remote-operated underwater vehicles.

The advanced technology of Nautilus will be able to confirm if there are still remains of the airplane on the island of Nikumaroro and can even validate theories about the possible life of Shiphart’s shipwreck.

The expedition, which has been funded by National Geographic, will share its results on October 20, and will reveal whether the remains of one of the mysteries of the twentieth century have been recovered.

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