Fresh search for Earhart's Electra
PUBLISHED: 14:36 11 June 2012 | UPDATED: 14:15 10 October 2012
A fresh search for the wreckage of Amelia Earhart's aircraft is set to be launched on the 75th anniversary of her disappearance.
A fresh search for the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s aircraft is set to be launched on the 75th anniversary of her disappearance.
A research team from the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will conduct a search of the waters around the island of Nikumaroro, in the Republic of Kiribati.
The expedition - which will start on 2 July - aims to conduct a thorough search of the region thought by TIGHAR to be the most likely to contain the wreckage of the twin-engine Lockheed Electra.
Multi-beam sonar will be used to construct a map of the Pacific island’s western reef slope. This information will then be used to select areas to be searched using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with a range of sensors.
The AUV will, in turn, identify ‘targets’ that will be investigated closely by a Remora 600 remote operated vehicle.
If any man-made objects are discovered they will be photographed and their location recorded. Objects will only be recovered if it is necessary to confirm their identification.
Should the Electra itself be discovered then it will be documented in situ and a separate expedition will be launched to recover and conserve the wreckage.Amelia Earhart went missing along with her navigator Fred Noonan while on the final stage of a round-the-world flight along the equator.
She had set off from New Guinea and aimed to refuel at Howland Island, before commencing her final journey to California.
A radio message from the aviator declared that she was unable to locate the island and that she was running low on fuel.
The 39-year-old American held a number of aeronautical records, including the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.