Nikumaroro Island Linked To Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance?

December 11th, 2010 - 9:33 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
amelia-earhart-rare-imagesDec 11, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A group of researchers are claiming that a small fragment of bone traced on the remote Kiribati island of Nikumaroro may belong to the stalwart pilot Amelia Earhart. Known as a pioneer in being the woman pilot in her times, the lady disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1937. She had set many world records in non commercial aviation sector and wanted to set a new record by flying around the Earth following the equator of the planet before she disappeared. She was accompanied by Fred Noonan in the last flight of her life. It is generally believed that her Lockheed “Electra” aircraft crashed owing to fuel shortage in the pacific Ocean and that is how she died. She disappeared on July 2, 1937.

If the bone fragment found in the remote island actually belongs to her the 72 year old mystery will be resolved finally. The uninhabited tropical Pacific island has been visited many times by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. Various theories cropped up after her disappearance but none of them have been fully accepted. The lady pilot was headed to Howland Island and it could be possible that she ended up landing at Nikumaroro after losing her way and running out of fuel. Karen Ramey Burns a Forensic anthropologist could not say if the bone belonged to a human or turtle.

The bone fragment will now be sent to Oklahoma University’s Molecular Science Laboratories to determine its origin. Amelia Mary Earhart was a famous US based aviation pioneer as well as author. In her life she received a number of aviation awards. She also set up an organization meant for female pilots named The Ninety Nines.

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