To this day, the exact cause of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance remains a mystery but data suggest a tiny, desolate island could have witnessed her last days.
Almost eight decades ago, American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared while attempting to fly across the globe on her Lockheed aircraft. To this day, no clear evidence has ever been recovered to solve her mysterious disappearance somewhere in the Pacific.ow
Many have speculated that her plane crashed into the pacific ocean while a team from International Group Historic Aircraft Recovery or TIGHAR said she might have survived for a few months in Nikumaroro, an island in the Pacific and eventually died of starvation. TIGHAR said the bones of a woman have been discovered in that same island where Earhart may have landed.
Reports indicate that a few people may have lived on the 3.7-mile tiny island but to date, the island remains desolate.
In the 1930s, a British team inspected the tiny island to find out if it can be used for aircraft landing but nothing concrete came out of it. There are reports that a few people tried to settle on the island during those times but apart from those times, the island has remained uninhabited.
Ten years later, a castaway’s bones have been found on the island. Findings at that time reveal that these were a man’s skeletal remains. But many years later, in 1998, the remains were sent for reinvestigation to forensic experts whose examinations revealed they belonged instead to a female.
This finding was reported almost two decades ago. The forensic report states that the bones seem to match Earhart’s ethnicity and height. Also, the bones located in the forearms were longer than a typical female forearm. These features did match Earhart’s forearms which were quite long for a female. Overall bone dimensions also matched.
These findings would not suffice as evidence to conclude that Earhart died as a castaway in Nikumaroro Island. However, TIGHAR experts say it could strengthen the “castaway” theory.
Even before this reinvestigation, the team from TIGHAR was quite convinced of this theory, commenting that some items found on the island may have belonged to Earhart and her co-navigator Fred Noonan.
The team uncovered broken pieces of an American skincare brand as well as pieces from a broken camping knife. The items were believed to be owned by Earhart and Noonan who may have used these while trying to survive on the island but later died possibly of hunger and dehydration.
The team also suggests that Noonan died ahead of Earhart as the latter sent out about a hundred distress calls in a span of four days, indicating that Noonan was hurt. This seems to support the possibility that they were able to land the plane on the remote island instead of crashing into the sea as many believe to this day.
The team further theorizes that the light plane may have been washed away by very strong sea waves hitting the tiny island.
If all these circumstances are indeed true, America’s famous woman aviator may have had a slow, lonely death on a tiny, desolate island.