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Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Found? Researchers Think So

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In this June 14, 1928 file photo, Amelia Earhart stands in front of her bi-plane called 'Friendship' in Newfoundland. (Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 05:18 PM

Has a piece of Amelia Earhart's plane been found? Research of a piece of aluminum debris recovered in 1991 strongly suggests the fragment came from the lost aviatrix's airplane.

Earhart's twin-engined Lockheed Electra vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, during her attempt to fly around the world.

Researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery have determined that the fragment, which was found on the Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro, is a patch that replaced a navigational window that was installed on the plane during Earhart's stay in Miami, Discovery News reported.

“The Miami Patch was an expedient field repair," Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, told Discovery News. "Its complex fingerprint of dimensions, proportions, materials and rivet patterns was as unique to Earhart’s Electra as a fingerprint is to an individual."

Researchers detailed their work and conclusions about the patch on the TIGHAR website.

“Research will continue to seek answers to remaining questions about this wonderfully complex artifact, including defining and quantifying the type and magnitude of the forces necessary to cause the damage exhibited by the artifact. Those answers may strengthen or weaken the artifact-as-patch hypothesis but they will certainly inform our search for the rest of the aircraft,” the website says.

The fragment supports the theory that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were forced to make an emergency landing on the coral reef of Nikumaroro after running out of fuel.

Twitter users seemed intrigued.









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