Thursday, May 30, 2013
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), led by Army veteran Richard E. Gillespie, may have discovered the lost plane of Amelia Earhart on sonar.
There is a sonar image in the data collected during last summer’s Niku VII expedition that could be the wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra. It looks unlike anything else in the sonar data, it’s the right size, it’s the right shape, and it’s in the right place.
TIGHAR's Earhart Project is conducting research under the belief that Amelia Earhart landed, and eventually died, on Gardner Island. Gardner Island is now Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati.
In 2012, the Republic of Kiribati granted TIGHAR the exclusive right to conduct search and recovery operations related to Amelia Earhart's 1937 disappearance over the Pacific Ocean.
Gillespie told Discovery News that the nonprofit TIGHAR would like to make another expedition to research further if the anomaly spotting on sonar is, in fact, Earhart's lost place. The only thing stopping the team is funding:
"We currently project that it will take nearly $3,000,000 to put together an expedition that can do what needs to be done. It's a lot of money, but it's a small price to pay for finding Amelia."