New evidence could prove how Amelia Earhart actually died
For decades, many believed the famed pilot Amelia Earhart died in a plane crash -- but that may be completely false.
There is now new evidence refuting the long-standing theory. The pioneer aviator, who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, may have actually died as a castaway.
In September, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) released new evidence of radio transmissions from the day after Earhart went missing in July 1937. This suggested that she landed safely.
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Now, more evidence has emerged to support that Earhart was a castaway. Bones found in 1940 on the island of Nikumaroro between Hawaii and Australia may have belonged to Earhart. While they were previously thought to be male, they are actually consistent with a woman of Earhart's stature.
TIGHAR decided to delve deeper into this notion, and invested the help of forensic scientist Jeff Glickman. By using a photograph of Earhart, Glickman estimated how long Earhart's arm would be -- and it aligned with the bones found.
In a statement, TIGHAR explained that this does not confirm scientifically that the bones are Earhart's, but the theory still holds ground. They said, "It is a significant new data point that tips the scales further in that direction."