Scientists may have found out where Amelia Earhart ended up! The mystery that has been confusing the world for decades, might finally have a resolution. The pilot took off in hopes of flying around the world, but was never seen again. People have always wondered where her plane ended up after her last radio transmission on July 2, 1937. A recent discovery has caused scientists to speculate that perhaps she was able to land safely on a remote island and died as a castaway.
Back in 1940, skeletal remains were found in Nikumaroro, a tiny uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati. The bones were discovered by a British Colonial Service officer named Gerald Gallagher, and unfortunately have been lost. Originally, the bones were listed as being from a male, but this changed when the files of the lost bones were rediscovered in 1998. A reevaluation by forensic anthropologists Karen Burns and Richard Jantz found that the bones were actually from a woman.
After further research, they were able to compare photographs of Earhart with the humerus bone found and realized that the size of her arm would match up to the bones found. This, in connection with the reports that there were several ignorned distress calls from Earhart's aircraft days after she went missing, help prove the current theory that she did not crash her plane and die, but that she and her navigator were stranded on this island.
Ric Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, is currently raising money to go on an expedition to search for remains of the twin-engine plane Electra, and any signs of Amelia Earhart on the island. The expedition is likely going to cost around $1,750,000 and would take place in the summer of 2017 - the 80th anniversary of her disappearance.
Hopefully they can find some answers to this mystery!