US Searching for Amelia Earhart
Citing new analysis of a photo that could show wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s plane, the Obama administration on Tuesday said it was joining a search this summer to hopefully solve the mystery of America’s greatest female aviator.
“We can be as optimistic and even audacious as Amelia Earhart,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., to announce U.S. support for the expedition. “There is great honor and possibility in the search itself.”
The search by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery will focus on the remote island of Nikumaroro, in what is now the Pacific nation of Kiribati.
The group believes Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan might have managed to land on the island, then known as Gardner Island, and that they could have survived for a short time after disappearing on July 2, 1937.
Other historians believe they crashed into the ocean. But conspiracy theories, including claims that they were U.S. government agents captured by the Japanese before World War II, abound despite having been largely debunked.