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Amelia Earhart May Have Died a Castaway on Uninhabited Island

Researchers with The Earhart Project are dedicated to proving that the pilot made an emergency landing and eventually died on uninhabited Nikumaroro island



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    In this May 20, 1937, photo, provided by The Paragon Agency,shows aviator Amelia Earhart and her Electra plane, taken by Albert Bresnik at Burbank Airport in Burbank, Calif. New research suggests she might have died as a castaway on an uninhabited island.

    Discoveries from the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery suggest that Amelia Earhart may have died on an uninhabited island, NBC News reported.

    Researchers with The Earhart Project found similarities between the famed pilot and the partial skeleton of a castaway discovered on an uninhabited Western Pacific island, Nikumaroro, in 1940.

    Using modern techniques, forensic anthropologists and imaging experts compared measurements of the arm bones in the castaway's skeleton to a historical photo of Earhart and discovered that their measurements were "virtually identical."

    Amelia Earhart was an aviation pioneer. In 1932, she became the first woman to complete a solo transatlantic flight. That year, she also became the first woman to fly solo from coast to coast. But it was her disappearance during her second attempt to fly around the world, in 1937, that has fascinated aviation enthusiasts for more than 70 years.