$2.2M expedition sets out to find aviator’s plane

Amelia Earhart did not simply disappear on July 2, 1937, says a non-profit organization devoted to aviation history.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) has just embarked on a $2.2 million expedition to solve the mystery of the aviator’s disappeance 75 years ago.

The researchers are heading to a remote island in the Pacific with hopes of finding Earhart’s Lockheed Electra. The working theory, as described by the Washington Post, is that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan landed on a reef neaer the Kiribati atoll where they survived for a short time.

“Everything has pointed to the airplane having gone over the edge of that reef in a particular spot and the wreckage ought to be right down there,” Ric Gillespie, the founder and executive director of TIGHAR, told the Post.

 “We’re going to search where it — in quotes — should be. And maybe it’s there, maybe it’s not. And there’s no way to know unless you go and look.”

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