What Happened to Amelia Earhart? – Disappearance, Found & New Evidence

On the morning of July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, took off from Lae, New Guinea, on one of the last stages of their historic attempt to circumnavigate the world. Their next destination was Howland Island in the central Pacific Ocean, about 2,500 miles away. A US Coast Guard cutter, Itasca, waited there to guide the world-renowned aviator for a landing on the tiny uninhabited coral atoll.

But Earhart never arrived on Howland Island. Struggling with overcast skies, faulty radio transmissions and rapidly decreasing fuel supplies in her twin-engined Lockheed Electra aircraft, she and Noonan lost contact with Itasca somewhere over the Pacific. Despite an unprecedented search and rescue mission, including US Navy ships and planes and coast guard scouring some 250,000 square miles of ocean, they have never been found.


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