New Developments In The Case Of Missing Pilot Amelia Earhart

Some new research into the Amelia Earhart disappearance has discovered some distress calls, and supports the theory that she was alive for days after crashing.

By on July 24, 2018
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Amelia Earhart’s missing plane and sudden disappearance herself has gt to be one of the most famous cases of “what in the world happened?” ever. And there are actually some new clues in exactly what happened during her flight around the world.

Last year, in 2017, there was a theory that Amelia and her co-pilot, Fred Noonan, landed and were captured by the Japanese. However that theory ended up being debunked (and had less media coverage) after someone found that the evidence supporting that theory was actually older than her flight. And back in March, it was pretty well confirmed that her remains were discovered. This new evidence that this post is about surrounds distress calls that Amelia made.

“Plane down on an uncharted island. Small, uninhabited,” was the distress call that a woman in Texas heard on her home radio in 1937. There were other distress calls sent out too, like one heard in San Francisco: “Still alive. Better hurry. Tell husband all right..” A researcher found a pattern in the claims of calls heard though. The researcher, Richard Gillespie, used tide data. He found out that the calls considered to be genuine Amelia calls happened during periods of low tide. That supports the fact that Amelia was stranded in shallow water where those remains were found, since her radio would only work with the plane’s engine running. It can’t run under water, obviously.

Using that info, he was able to piece together her final days using calls that were recorded during certain times. It paints a picture of what her final few days were, and supports the idea that those remains that were found are actually hers. The final message ever heard also lines up with that time pattern: “Can you read me? Can you read me? This is Amelia Earhart … Please come in… We have taken in water, my navigator is badly hurt … we are in need of medical care and must have help. We can’t hold on much longer.” Read more about everything over here, there’s a lot more info.

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