New Amelia Earhart Evidence Emerges

    FILE - This undated file photo shows Amelia Earhart. Three bone fragments found on a South Pacific island could help prove that Earhart died as a castaway after failing in her quest to circumnavigate the globe.  Researchers told The Associated Press on Friday Dec. 17, 2010 that the University of Oklahoma hopes to extract DNA from bones found by a Delaware group dedicated to the recovery of historic aircraft. The fragments were recovered earlier this year on an uninhabited island about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii. (AP Photo/File)

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    New technology may have helped to wipe away some of the mystery from the unexplained disappearance of flying pioneer Amelia Earhart 75 years ago. Findings released by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) on Friday indicated that the daring female pilot and her navigator, Fred Noonan, set down at deserted Gardner Island in the Pacific, from where they tried to radio for help. “Amelia Earhart did not simply vanish on July 2, 1937,” Richard Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, told reporters. “Radio distress calls believed to have been sent from the missing plane dominated the headlines and drove much of the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy search.” Researchers plan to use submersibles to search for Earhart’s plane in the area around the island.

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