In 1937, Amelia Earhart was trying to become the first female pilot to fly completely around the world when she and her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean.
Her disappearance was a mystery for years but the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or TIGHAR, has recently proposed that she safely landed her plane on a remote island and actually perished as a castaway. Scientists are also now saying that there are similarities between Amelia and the skeleton found in Kiribati in 1940.
TIGHAR has stated that Earhart and her co-pilot, Frederick J. Noonan, made over 100 radio calls asking for help between July 2 and July 6 in 1937. They claim rules out the possibility that they crashed because the radio would only work with the engine running.
After that date, they were not heard from again, but there were bones found on the island of Nikumaroro. These bones were analyzed in the 40âs, but a doctor claimed the bones were male and ruled out the famous pilot.However, in 1998, scientists realized that the bones were actually female and were consistent with Earhartâs height and ethnic background.
Jeff Glickman, a forensic imaging specialist, used pictures of Ameliaâs forearms to determine her size and matched them with the skeleton that was found on the deserted island.
This conclusion does not prove that this skeleton is Amelia Earhartâs, but it does move us forward in answering this mystery that has gone unsolved for almost eighty years.