‘We have found Amelia Earhart’ says TV show

Mystery solved? The Japanese government says it has no record that Earhart was captured.

She was a pilot. A pioneer. A fashion icon. And her disappearance was one of the biggest mysteries of the 20th century. Now, a new photo may finally prove what happened to Amelia Earhart…

“We must be on you but cannot see you,” Amelia Earhart said into her radio as she was flying over the Pacific Ocean. “Gas is running low.”

It was July 2nd 1937 and the most famous female pilot in the world was trying to find Howland Island — one of the last stops on her historic flight around the globe. But she could not see it. Her voice was getting frantic.

Soon her transmissions stopped. The boat that she had been talking to, the Itasca, quickly started looking for her.

But she, her plane, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, have never been found. The official conclusion was that they ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea.

However, a new History Channel show — to be broadcast in the USA on Sunday — says it has found evidence that proves this to be wrong. Its team believes that she and Noonan landed on the Marshall Islands, which were controlled by Japan at the time, and died as prisoners of war.

Their evidence is a newly unearthed photograph which shows a white man and woman on a dock on one of the islands. Experts say that the man’s hairline and the woman’s body type match those of Noonan and Earhart.

“This absolutely changes history,” said the show’s lead investigator.

Flights of fancy?

Earhart fans and conspiracy theorists are enthralled by this new evidence. It matches the stories from local islanders, who have often said that they saw Earhart land nearby. What’s more, bits of metal have been found which supposedly match planes from the 1930s. This mystery has finally been solved.

Not so fast, say sceptics. The photograph is very blurry. Its “Earhart” is not even facing the camera. And we know that the Itasca was hundreds of miles away from the Marshall Islands when it picked up her final radio messages. It is simply not possible that she landed so far away.

You Decide

  1. What do you think happened to Amelia Earhart?

Activities

  1. Consider the photograph and the evidence above. Then write five questions that you think should be answered next.

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Amelia Earhart

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Q & A

What do we know?
Earhart’s messages were received by the Itasca around 20 hours after she and Noonan took off from Lae, New Guinea. The Itasca attempted to respond, but she was not receiving its signals.
What do we not know?
What happened next. There are three theories: that she crashed and the plane was lost. That she was captured in the Marshall Islands. Or that she and Noonan died as castaways.

Word Watch

Amelia Earhart
In 1932, Earhart became the first woman — and the second person — to fly solo across the Atlantic. The trip made her world famous.
Historic flight
She was attempting to become the first woman to fly around the world.
Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands were occupied by Japan during the second world war, then conquered by the USA during the second. They are now independent.
Photograph
It is thought that the photograph was taken by a US spy, which is why it was not made public at the time.