Here, Amelia Earhart stands with her Lockheed Electra plane, the one that vanished in July 1937. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Search for Earhart is Reignited

by / March 20, 2012

On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan left the Territory of New Guinea (now Papua New Guinea) en route to Howland Island in the South Pacific -- but they never arrived.

At an event held this morning in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke with historians and scientists from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) about where the aviator may have gone missing over the South Pacific 75 years ago, the Associated Press (AP) reports

According to AP, enhanced analysis of a photograph taken just months after Earhart’s Lockheed Electra plane vanished shows what experts think may be the landing gear of the aircraft protruding from the waters off the remote island of Nikumaroro, in what is now the Pacific nation of Kiribati.

Shown above is Earthart with her Lockheed Electra. 

Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution