A team of researchers trying to solve the mystery of aviator Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance said on Friday that underwater video from a Pacific island has revealed a field of man-made debris that could be remnants of her plane.
The footage was collected in July by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) during a $2.2 million expedition to Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati.
TIGHAR said on Friday that one segment of the video shows a field of man-made debris that the group maintains could have come from Earhart’s plane.
Gillespie could not give a size of the man-made objects shown in the video, saying there was nothing in the images with which to compare them for scale.
They point out they have had technical difficulties, there is doubt in that the plane ever crashed there at all (they oversell the evidence for this), and their TV special is about to go on Discovery. The pictures are blobby and show nothing the average person would be impressed by. That is even admitted by the TIGHAR people but their “forensic expert” is, well, an expert, who says it’s a debris field. Debris from what? Not clear. Not even that it is a plane or man-made. This is being hyped beyond what is really there.
For more: Finding Amelia Earhart which points out how unlikely TIGHAR’s hypothetical location is and that the quality of their evidence has been extremely poor. As is this.