Team set for a new search to find Amelia Earhart wreckage
American aviator Amelia Earhart smiles May 22, 1932 upon arriving in London, England having become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic alone. Carlene Mendieta, who is trying to recreate Earhart's 1928 record as the first woman to fly across the US and back again, left Rye, NY on September 5, 2001. Earhart (1898 - 1937) disappeared without trace over the Pacific Ocean in her attempt to fly around the world in 1937. (Photo by Getty Images)
The patch is shown on the plane under this yellow arrow. (TIGHAR)
This patch, found on a remote Pacific Island by researchers with The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, is believed to have come from Earhart's plane Electra. (TIGHAR)
The shredded patch being held up against a reproduction of where on the plane it would have fit. (TIGHAR)
The patch covered the special window denoted at the back of the plane. (TIGHAR)
(Image courtesy of: Miami Herald)
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Their targeted search area is the western Pacific island of Nikumaroro. A remote-controlled deep underwater system will be deployed along the west end of its atoll to look for pieces of plane wreckage.
A dive team will survey areas closer to a reef in more shallow areas, and others will stay on land to search for indications of a survival camp.
This overall plan is based on a theory that Earhart and her flight navigator Fred Noonan made an emergency landing on the island and lived there for weeks.