New evidence uncovered about the fate of Amelia Earhart

The disappearance of Amelia Earhart during an attempt to fly around the world in 1937 has long been an unsolved mystery.

Now, an organization called The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or TIGHAR, claims that, instead of dying in a crash as some had thought, she and flight navigator Fred Noonan likely ended up as castaways on an island in the Pacific.

According to its website, TIGHAR believes that the plane landed safely around Gardner Island, and the duo sent distress calls for several days afterward.

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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)

The group points to evidence of more than 100 of these calls made between July 2 and 6, notes the Huffington Post.

During this time, Earhart and Noonan, if he survived, are believed to have subsisted on rainwater and local wildlife like turtles and fish.

TIGHAR's website states that, eventually, "Amelia died at a makeshift campsite on the island's southeast end. Noonan's fate is unknown."

Meanwhile, the plane, named Electra, is believed to lie "in deep water off the island's west end."

The group plans to conduct a search for the aircraft in the near future.

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