Out of all of the famous mysteries of the world, few evoke as much fascination as that of Amelia Earhart. Eighty years after she went missing, the History Channel now believes a single photograph can put the final pieces of this puzzle together.
Back on July 2, 1937, Earhart and her copilot, Fred Noonan, left on a plane. Before taking off from Lae, New Guinea, and heading to Howland Island, they made sure there was extra fuel for the 2,556 mile trip.
Dark skies and rainy weather lead to poor visibility though, which is contrary to what they thought it would be like. Earhart kept in contact with the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Itasca, but there was plenty of static. At one point she said:
“We must be on you, but we cannot see you. Fuel is running low. Been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet.”
Her last communication was on July 3 at 8:45 a.m. when she said:
“We are running north and south.”
They were never heard from again.
There have been numerous theories as to what happened, but a photo from the National Archives might show they ended up in the Marshall Islands:
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 9, 2017
An expert has been able to match the measurements of not only Noonan’s and Earhart’s body in that picture, but also of the plane that’s being towed by the Japanese. There have also been reports of some Japanese people seeing their plane crash.
The History Channel is currently airing a two-hour special on this photograph. You can learn more about this possible evidence on their website, too.
Watch this video to learn more about other conspiracy theories regarding Earhart’s fate.
Feature Image Source: Screenshot Via Twitter.