Oh, this story just keeps giving and giving. Does this suit provide more evidence that TIGHAR is fishing for money?
A Delaware aircraft preservation group denies a Wyoming man’s claim that it found pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart’s missing plane in 2010 but sat on the news so it could solicit him to pay for a later search.
Timothy Mellon, son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon, filed a federal lawsuit in Wyoming last week against The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery and Richard E. Gillespie, the group’s executive director. Mellon, who lives in Riverside, Wyo., claims the group solicited $1 million from him last year without telling him it had found Earhart’s plane in its underwater search two years earlier.
Mellon’s lawsuit says the 2010 search in the waters around the Kiribati atoll of Nikumaroro, about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii, captured underwater images of the “wreckage of the Lockheed Electra flown by Amelia Earhart when she disappeared in 1937.”
The suit claims the aircraft recovery group intentionally misrepresented the status of its exploration to Mellon last year, telling him a discovery of Earhart’s plane was yet possible if he supported the search. The lawsuit states Mellon contributed stock worth more than $1 million to the 2012 search and accuses the organization of engaging in a pattern of racketeering to defraud him.
This is plausible but they REALLY didn’t find the plane. They just keep telling people that they are getting ever closer. This is the best quote from the story: “As a layman, it is hard to see, unless you know what you’re looking at it,” Stubson said of the footage, which he said he couldn’t share. “Much of it relates to the landing gear and parts that are unique to the landing gear.”
Gosh, it sounds like a Blobsquatch! Use your imagination, it’s really there. Can’t you see it?
But I have to admit I am confused about this story. Why would he think they actually found it? Just to scam him out of more money? Their claims about the plane are VERY DUBIOUS but they do solicit money to continue their operations. They certainly like to play the public as well. Regardless of how this case turns out, it is suggestive that they string along their investors as well as the public.
See our previous stories on their evidence: