"The world's most famous missing person."
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"The unburied come back to haunt us."
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On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart
and navigator Fred Noonan took off
from Lae, Papua New Guinea (map)
in their Lockheed Electra
en route to Howland Island (map)
. They were never seen again.
Earhart and Noonan's flight was one of the last legs of an attempted around-the-world flight
at the Equator. (A previous attempt, flying east to west, failed when Earhart's plane was damaged in Hawaii and had to be sent to California for repairs.)
The most common explanation
is that they ran out of fuel, ditched in the ocean, and drowned, but the disappearance is an enduring mystery. In Search of...Amelia Earhart
, part 3
). Where's Amelia Earhart?
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR; previously
) is a leading supporter of a theory
that the Earhart and Noonan crash-landed at Nikumaroro (then called Gardner Island; map)
TIGHAR's map of Nikumaroro
shows the locations of possible evidence to support their theory.
obtained a reference sample of mitochondrial DNA from a direct female relative of Earhart's, and is making a new expedition to Nikumaroro in May 2010 to look for DNA evidence.
by the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University.