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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

State Department to announce new search for Amelia Earhart's plane in Pacific

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is wading into one of the 20th century's most enduring mysteries: the fate of American aviator Amelia Earhart, who went missing without a trace over the South Pacific 75 years ago.

Clinton will meet Tuesday with historians and scientists from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which is launching a new search in June for the wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra plane off the remote island of Nikumaroro, in what is now the Pacific nation of Kiribati. Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared July 2, 1937, while flying from New Guinea to Howland Island. Searches at the time uncovered nothing.

The group believes Earhart and Noonan may have managed to land on the island, then known as Gardner Island, and survived for a short time. Other historians believe they crashed into the ocean. But conspiracy theories, including claims that they were U.S. government agents captured by the Japanese before World War II, abound despite having been largely debunked.


Anonymous said...

Feds are also going to spend a few (i.e. very limited) billion dollars looking for the almost extinct dinosaurs. There really aren't many challenges demanding debt money.

Anonymous said...

of course, it's urgent we find her plane right now. we are "flush" with so much cash we need to spend it asap and hilary is just the woman to do this. isn't she special...

kinda reminds me of ricky p. here locally. we're so very blessed to have these people represent us in government. such wonderful leadership. they seem to know just how to spend our money.

by the way, i know someone will say hilary is not our "elected" representative. i know this, but she still is in a leadership position and can request OUR tax dollars for this STUPID endeavour.

Anonymous said...

must be a slow week if Sec. of State is looking into this.

Anonymous said...

This is nuts! The government should not be involved in this project at all.
The researcher apparently has some Washington "connections".
I don't want MY tax dollars going towards finding the remains of some airplane that crashed many many years ago.
What difference does it make!
If the researcher wants to go looking for that plane, then let HIM pay for it!